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Growing Potatoes for Christmas

Potatoes
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Distance between Plants – 3 per 30cm (12in) pot Distance between Rows – Grow in 30cm (12in) pots Germination within 14 days
Check out my personal growing notes at the bottom of this page, if I’m growing it this year.

Harvesting fresh potatoes on Christmas day has become popular over recent years. It’s a reminder of early Summer and gives hope that Spring isn’t too far away.


HOW TO SOW



VARIETIES


HOW TO TRANSPLANT



HOW TO PLANT


Mix well-rotted manure with garden compost. Put a 4in (10cm) layer in the bottom of a 30cm (12in) pot. Plant three tubers per pot at 12in (30cm) apart and cover with 6in (15cm) of the mixed compost.

CROP ROTATION:

Plant in a permanent position.

COMPANION PLANTING:

prefer to be planted with
dislike being planted with

HOW TO CARE FOR

Earth-up the potatoes as they grow. Add more of the mixed compost around the foliage as it grows until the pot is full within two inches of the top.

Keep the pot well-watered especially in hot weather. Feed with ‘potato fertiliser’ and follow the directions as outlined on the packet.

During Autumn move the pots into a frost-free area such as the greenhouse.


PESTS, DISEASES AND PROBLEMS EFFECTING


HOW TO HARVEST

The foliage will turn yellow and die back from late autumn, remove the foliage as it dies. The potatoes can be left in the pots and harvested as-and-when required over December.


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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