And another thing .....

13 Jan 2013
Seed Potatoes
Seed potatoes are now becoming available in garden centres etc. Don't wait too long before getting in your seed tubers......(more)

13 Jan 2013
The supply of peat
The wet weather during 2012 has restricted the supply of peat for the coming season and as a result prices for peat-based growing media (multi-purpose composts etc) will probably increase......(more)

Early Potatoes - Tips

Conducting this simple trial plus the background research suggested the following tips for getting an early harvest of new potatoes in bags/containers:

  1. buy tubers as soon as they become available online or in garden centres etc
  2. store tubers in cool light conditions away from direct sunlight
  3. buy both first and second early varieties to get a staggered harvest
  4. try different varieties for yield and taste (our trial suggested at least two good varieties to start with – all will be revealed in due course!)
  5. plant singly in black 10 litre ‘Polypots’ so that they can be easily moved outside when the risk of frost has passed. They could also be lowered into a shallow trench in the garden and easily harvested one by one
  6. plant straight away or before sprouts get longer than 2cm long
  7. you don’t need more than 7 litres of compost per tuber – the compost is a major cost component.
  8. plant tuber at or near the bottom of bag/container and add more compost only if needed to keep new tubers covered
  9. as plants grow bigger don’t let compost dry out completely
  10. apply a high N fertilizer from about 4 weeks after planting and a high K fertilizer from about 7 weeks after planting
  11. start harvesting first earlies after about 10 weeks – leave second earlies an extra two to four weeks to allow them to bulk

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