Guide to Growing Potatoes

Guide to Growing Potatoes

It is not worth growing a main-crop of these vegetables if space is limited as they can be bought quite cheaply and they take up too much valuable ground for too long in the average garden. However, I like to grow a few rows of early potatoes as the flavour is so good. They require a good, rich, well-manured and well-dug soil which can with advantage be dressed with animal manure in the autumn or winter preceding planting. In addition, a general or all-purpose fertiliser should be forked in at the rate of about 4oz. per square yard before planting.

Potatoes are grown from tubers known as ‘seed’, which should be certified free of virus. It is an advantage if the ‘seed’ is sprouted before planting. This is done by standing the potatoes eye ends uppermost, in trays in a light but frost-proof place in January.

growing-potatoes Plant them in a very sheltered place in late February or early March and in ordinary places in late March, at 15 to 18in. apart in rows 2-1/2 to 3ft. apart, covering them with 2 to 3in. of soil. In my garden, I plant at least two rows in early March  —  I am prepared to take a risk  —  and one or two more rows later that month or in early April. After planting, sprinkle an all-purpose fertiliser over the surface. When the shoots appear draw the soil over them as protection from frost and continue this earthing-up until the potatoes are growing in ridges. The tubers can be lifted in June or July as soon as they are large enough.

Varieties

Early varieties include Home Guard, Midlothian Early (also listed as Duke of York), Sharpe’s Express (my favourite) and Ulster Chieftain.

03. December 2010 by admin
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