Things you will need;
- A selection of seed potatoes
- Egg box
- An area of soil, raised bed, container or potato growing bag
- Nutrient rich compost
- Potato fertiliser
- Copper Mixture
- Potato harvesting scoop
- Hessian sacks
PreparingBefore planting the seed potatoes, in order to ensure good growth, the potatoes should be ‘chitted’ before planting. This is the process of allowing the potatoes to grow shoots before they are planted. Keep the potatoes in a cool, dry, frost-proof but light place to chit. A perfect way to do this is to stand them in an egg box in the greenhouse or shed. Once the shoots are about 3cm tall the potatoes are ready.
PlantingChoose where you are going to sow your potato. If they are going in the ground or a raised bed, ensure it has not been used for potatoes during the previous year. If you have limited space, raised beds, containers or potato growing bags are just as efficient. Seed Potatoes should be sown between late winter and early spring, depending on the variety and the weather. In order to maximise your chances of a good crop the potatoes should be sown approximately 2 weeks after the last frost of the year, although if they are grown in a container they may be planted early as they are more protected.
First earlies – Mid to Late March
Second earlies – Late March to mid-April
Maincrops – Mid- to late April.Potatoes will grow in any soil and position, however, to maximise your crop, use a nutrient rich well-rotted organic compost and choose a generally sunny site. As potatoes are quite ‘greedy’ your soil may benefit from using an organic potato fertiliser. This will help to ensure the potatoes are getting the right nutrients you can add fertiliser when planting and during earthing up. If using a container only half fill it with compost to start and position the potatoes evenly apart. If planting in the ground or raised beds create rows for the potatoes to sit in. Plant potatoes with the ‘eyes’ or ‘shoots’ facing upwards, here are our guides for spacing. Don’t worry if you do not have enough room to follow this guide, these measurements are only as a guide... Your potatoes will still grow like troopers if you don’t follow this!
Earlies/Salad - 12cm Deep. 30cm Apart. 60cm between rows.
Maincrop – 12cm Deep. 38cm Apart. 75cm between rows.