31 Mar '12, 3pm

How to grow potatoes: Eat your own from June to September

How to grow potatoes: Eat your own from June to September

How to grow potatoes31 March 2012 When growing potatoes, try to buy your seed potatoes or tubers in February and March for planting in April. Aim for around six tubers per square metre. Basics First or second earlies are new potatoes. Maincrop are larger potatoes with a much higher yield. Seed potatoes should grow shoots before planting . Leave them in a light, frost-free place - e.g. a shed with a window - in a process known as 'chitting'. Each tuber should have three or four strong shoots 2cm-3cm high, preferably at the upward-facing end when planted. Remove any others. Plant your potatoes 12cm deep and 30cm apart, with 60cm between rows for earlies and 75cm for maincrop. When shoots appear, scrape soil on them, forming a ridge over the plant. Continue this as shoots show through until your ridge is about 30 cm high. This is known as earthing up. Your earlies are ready w...

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