Gardeners can plant potatoes in a garden bed with full sunlight and well-draining soil beginning in February. Gardeners in Texas should plant potato varieties recommended for their region to promote a successful harvest.
Some varieties of potatoes recommended for Texas include the Irish Cobbler, Red LaSota and Kennebec. Container gardening is recommended for dry regions, or gardeners can work expanded shale and compost into the soil in areas with dry or compact soil to improve drainage.
When growing potatoes in a garden bed, the gardener uses a hoe to mound soil around the potato shoot as it grows. New potatoes are ready for harvest when flowers appear, and larger potatoes are harvested when the foliage begins to die.