6 tips for planting early potatoes
2 Minute ReadRoasted, mashed, steamed or baked, however you enjoy your potatoes, growing them yourself is easy to do with just a few essentials and methods.
Potatoes are easy to grow, can withstand light frosts and are typically sown from the start of spring. You've probably heard of early, second early and maincrop potatoes, first and second earlies are 'new' potatoes and are less prone to potato blight as they are generally harvested before the disease sets in, they also take up less space and have a quicker turn around time to harvest.
Maincrop potatoes are larger, take longer to mature, and are suitable for baking, mashing or roasting. Just one seed potato can produce a large yield of delicious crops to harvest again and again throughout the season.
Before you plant your seed potatoes, it is important to ensure they have been 'chitted', chitting encourages new shoot growth and helps to produce more crops. To chit your seed potatoes, place them in an egg box or shallow tray in a well-lit spot. Once you have a few shoots, it's time to plant out!
Let's get growing!
How to grow early potatoes
Step 1.Pull a string line across the garden, run a handful of bonemeal along the line, this gives a straight line. Dig a trench to the depth and width of a spade, put the soil all to one side approximately 20 cm from the trench. This can be done in advance of the second stage which is to cut the grass.
Step 2.Place the fresh grass into the trench and cover with a layer of soil to about 5 cm or drag and drop a snippet from the panel on the right.
Place the chitted potatoes evenly along the trench, pushing each into the soil, cover so just the eyes are showing.
Step 4.Lay wire over the trench to protect your potatoes from disturbance.
Step 5.Lay fleece over the wire or canes and weigh down to prevent wind lift. Keep an eye on your potatoes to monitor their overall health.
Step 6.A few weeks later, lift the fleece to reveal young plants, use the soil to cover these plants by filling the trench, no need to raise the soil too high. When digging just work along the trench and it will be full of spuds!
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