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Let’s grow potatoes!

2020 saw us all take ‘grow your own’ into our own hands (literally), and this year we’re at it again! 🥳

With a little more time on our hands, we want to get to the root of where our food really does come from.

So, we are going to put simple step by step guides together for you to follow as we grow our own once more. 👏

 

This week we are looking at seed potatoes, now available in store!

Follow our simple tips below for a successful harvest!

 

Step one: 

There are three main types of potatoes:

  • First early
  • Second early
  • Main crop

If you are not sure, our clever in store signage will describe and highlight what the potato can be used for e.g. roasting, mash, chips, boiled etc.

 

Step two: 

First and second early potatoes will need to ‘chit’ (where you encourage the potatoes to spout before planting).

You should do this from late January to early February, about 6 weeks before you intend to plant out your potatoes.

We recommend sitting your seed potatoes blunt side up in old egg containers, until the shoots are

1.5-2.5cm long.

 

Step three: 

It is important to prepare the ground before planting your chitted potatoes. Feed the soil with Grow More, ensuring it is well mixed in.

Your potatoes are ready to plant from late March to early April, once the ground temperature is above 8 degrees. Make sure they are each planted at 3-4″ underground and a space of 12″ apart in rows.

 

Step four: 

Harvesting time takes 8-10 weeks from planting. You will notice above-ground growth is still green, and the flowers beginning to open.

Second and main crop potatoes can stay in the ground until September.

Don’t forget to cut the growth off at ground level two weeks before you lift the crop. This should ensure less damage, making your crop good to eat!