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Growing Potatoes

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Planting Potatoes in containers 

 
Growing potatoes in containers is really easy and the perfect solution if you want to grow your own potatoes but have limited space. There is much less chance of pests and diseases by growing in a container
 
What you need
Potato bag or container
Multipurpose or vegetable compost
Seed potatoes 3/5depending on size of container 
Potato fertiliser 
 
How to do it
Fill the container up with the compost
Plunge the potatoes 12cm into the compost and cover 
Top dress with the fertiliser
Water in well
Place in a bright frost free place and water when the compost dries out
be grown in pots 
 
Chitting 
First and second early varieties particularly benefit from chitting which is the process of producing shoots before  planting, This will  produce faster growth and heavier crops. Place the potatoes in egg boxes with the most “eyes”facing upwards. place in a bright frost free place and  Plant when the shoots are about 2.5cm tall. 
 
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Extra info
Smaller Early new potatoes take 10 weeks from planting to cropping, second early 13 weeks and large main crop varieties for baking take 15 -20 weeks. Main crop are better suited to growing in the ground but can also be planted in containers 
 
Harvesting
First and second early varieties can be harvested when the plants begin to flower. Have a dig unde the compost to make sure they are big enough. With Main crops wait until 2 weeks after the leaves have withered . 
 
Storing
Lay out to dry then store in hessian or paper bags in a dark cool place 
 
 
 

Planting Potatoes in containers 

 
Growing potatoes in containers is really easy and the perfect solution if you want to grow your own potatoes but have limited space. There is much less chance of pests and diseases by growing in a container
 
What you need
Potato bag or container
Multipurpose or vegetable compost
Seed potatoes 3/5depending on size of container 
Potato fertiliser 
 
How to do it
Fill the container up with the compost
Plunge the potatoes 12cm into the compost and cover 
Top dress with the fertiliser
Water in well
Place in a bright frost free place and water when the compost dries out
be grown in pots 
 
Chitting 
First and second early varieties particularly benefit from chitting which is the process of producing shoots before  planting, This will  produce faster growth and heavier crops. Place the potatoes in egg boxes with the most “eyes”facing upwards. place in a bright frost free place and  Plant when the shoots are about 2.5cm tall. 
 
 chit
 
Extra info
Smaller Early new potatoes take 10 weeks from planting to cropping, second early 13 weeks and large main crop varieties for baking take 15 -20 weeks. Main crop are better suited to growing in the ground but can also be planted in containers 
 
Harvesting
First and second early varieties can be harvested when the plants begin to flower. Have a dig unde the compost to make sure they are big enough. With Main crops wait until 2 weeks after the leaves have withered . 
 
Storing
Lay out to dry then store in hessian or paper bags in a dark cool place 
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