The ideal time to plant potatoes in Spain can vary depending on the specific region and climate conditions.
Generally speaking, the best time to plant potatoes in Spain is during the cooler months of the year when frost is not a concern and the soil temperature is suitable for germination.
In most parts of Spain, including the central and northern regions, a good time to plant potatoes is between February and April.
This period allows the potatoes to grow during the spring season when temperatures are moderate, and there is enough sunlight for healthy growth.
It's important to check the specific climate and weather conditions in your local area, as some regions in Spain might have slightly different planting times, and especially as we're seeing the impacts of climate change.
The best way to figure this out is to speak with your neighbours or people in the area - lots of people in the countryside grow their own potatoes, and Spanish people love talking about this and helping each other out. You may even find some Facebook groups or other communities where you can ask these questions.
If you are in the southern parts of Spain like Andalusia, where the climate is much warmer, you may need to adjust the planting time to an earlier period, such as January to February, to avoid planting during the hottest months. We may see this get earlier and earlier as Spain warms up even more.
Keep in mind that potatoes require well-draining soil and prefer cool temperatures for good tuber development.
Before planting, it's essential to prepare the soil by tilling and adding organic matter to improve its texture and fertility.
Additionally, consider using certified seed potatoes from a reliable source to ensure better disease resistance and yield. Failing that, your local co-operative may be able to assist you.