I Want To Grow Potatoes

by chelsea
(garston, herts)

i am wanting to grow potatoes next year and i dont know anything about it at all. can you tell me what i need and how to do it. i have potato bag and a small raised bed about 6ft x 3ft and about 18'' deep.

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Growing Your Own Potatoes.
by: Anlex Garden

Potato plants need a well drained soil, but keeps some moisture in the dry summer.

Add a straw manure or garden compost to help improve the texture of light and heavy soils.

The site for potatoes should be dressed in a plant food rich soil improver during winter digging.

Seed potatoes should be stored in a frost free, light, cool airy place on a tray and allow for the shoots to sprout. This process

is called chitting and is usually done in January/ February.

This will encourage stronger shoots and faster growth. The chits are all on one end of the potato called the rose end.


Planting times depend on the weather and soil conditions.Dig a trench of about 10cm 4" and place potatoes in the trench with the rose end facing upwards.

Cover and fill the trench with soil and add a potato fertilizer along the top of the soil.

Good Friday is the traditional planting time but do delay if the ground is too wet or cold.

Poatato varieties are divided into groups.

CROP TYPES,

First early potatoes.

These are usually planted at at the end of February about 30cm 12” apart. They take about 10 weeks from planting to harvest.

Second earlies

Are planted from mid march 37cm 15” apart, Harvest from 13 weeks from planting.

Early main crop

Planted from late march 45cm 18” apart harvest time 15 weeks from planting.

Main crop

Plant from late march 45cm 18” apart, harvest 20 weeks from planting.


Second cropping potatoes.

Plant early August 30cm 12” apart, harvest 11 weeks from planting.

Remove any weeds by hand, keeping the ground moist by regular watering in the dry summer weather.

Apart from wart disease, potato blight is the most feared disease amoung potato growers.

This is unlikely to be troublesome in a dry summer.

Fortnightly sprayings with Bordeaux mixture are often necessary between july and mid-September.

Harvest first earlies when the flowers die and fall. Digging first earlies starts in June, only dig for immediate use, then on and off as and when potatoes are needed.

By mid-August all 1st earlies may have been dug.

2nd earlies may be dug as and when potatoes are needed, the remaining 2nd earlies can be dug up along with the main crop in September.

Main crop potatoes can be dug up when the plants are brown, dried up and shrivelled. Do this on a dry sunny day and dig the whole of the crop up, rest the tubars on top of the ground for about an hour to dry off.

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