How to Grow French Fries Right in Your Backyard

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French fries are one of the greatest comfort foods on the planet. You know what else is one of the greatest things on the planet? Your small fry (yes, we’re talking about your kid). This nifty backyard experiment combines the two to make your very own (and very trendy) “victory garden,” just in time for spring.

Your kids will be impressed that they can grow one of their fave foods in their own backyard, and you’ll be thrilled to find a new way to enjoy the fresh air during these weird times of social-distancing. Learn how to grow your own french fries by following the steps below.

What you’ll need: Garden tools, soil (we recommend Miracle-Gro® Performance Organics® All Purpose Container Mix as a nutrient- and compost-rich soil that'll help the root vegetables grow), a potato-growing bag and old potatoes.

Step 1: Fill a potato-growing bag about one-third full with soil.

Step 2: Take the old potatoes (the more sprouts, the better) and place them on top of the soil in the bag. Then cover them with a few inches of soil and add a big drink of water.

Step 3: After one month, start to feed your growing plants with Miracle-Gro Performance Organics All Purpose Plant Nutrition for added micronutrients and cover with more soil (be sure to leave the top one to two inches of the plants exposed).

Continue adding soil as your plants grow, stopping one inch from the top of the bag. In about 17 weeks, when the top begins to die, your potatoes will be ready to harvest and turn into delicious fries. Pass the ketchup.

Rachel Gulmi

Operations Director, Branded Content

Rachel joined PureWow in 2016 and is the Operations Director of Branded Content where she oversees the editorial production of sponsored content campaigns. In addition to...
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