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Growing Potatoes

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Sow Outdoors
Harvest
Distance between Plants – 15in Distance between Rows – 30in Germination within 20 days
Check out my personal growing notes at the bottom of this page, if I’m growing it this year.

Below you will find a video explaining the process of ‘chitting’. If you find your chits are slow to emerge, place some onions next to them. The onions give off an odour which speeds up the process of chitting.


HOW TO SOW

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During February and March you’ll hear many gardeners talk about ‘chitting’ potatoes, but what exactly is it and does it help?¬†Chitting is a process of creating little shoots on the potatoes, where you’ll find their ‘eyes’. IMG_1219Traditionally gardeners use old egg boxes. They make it easier for the seed potatoes to stay upright. Just pop them in the boxes and keep in a frost-free, light environment. If you put them on the windowsill or in the greenhouse, cover with a layer of newspaper or kitchen towel so they aren’t in direct sunshine otherwise they will start to shrivel up.   It has been claimed that ‘chitting’ potatoes prior to planting them can increase yields by 2.5 pound. But look at it from the point-of-view of the farmer. They won’t have space or time to chit their potatoes and they still get a good crop. The generally excepted theory is that chitting is probably done by the home grower or allotment gardener because there is nothing much else to do in February and the need to get gardening is strong.   NOTE: You don’t need to chit potatoes if you are growing them for the Christmas table by planting in July/August.

VARIETIES


HOW TO TRANSPLANT



HOW TO PLANT

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For an extra early crop you can plant a few seed potatoes into large pots and keep in the greenhouse, see video for more details.

CROP ROTATION:


COMPANION PLANTING:

prefer to be planted with Beans, Cabbages, Peas, Sweetcorn, Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Horseradish and Nettles.
dislike being planted with Apples, Cherries, Cucumbers, Pumpkins, Sunflowers, Tomatoes and Raspberries.

HOW TO CARE FOR


PESTS, DISEASES AND PROBLEMS EFFECTING


HOW TO HARVEST


SAVING SEED OF


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HOW TO STORE


USING IN THE KITCHEN


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SEAN’S PERSONAL GROWING NOTES FOR

Variety Date Sown Transplanted Planting Out First Harvest Last Harvest
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About Sean James Cameron

Based in London, Sean has been gardening since being a teenager. Although vegetables and fruit is the main passion, there is also room for flowers.

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