Gardening

Growing and Harvesting Potatoes

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Planting 

Choose a sunny spot and dig to break down soil, removing any clods. Dig a trench in the soil 15cm (6in) deep by 15cm (6in) wide before laying out the seed potatoes with the shoots facing upwards. Position the seed 25-30cm (10-12in) apart allowing 60cm (24in) between each row.


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Once the first shoots begin to show cover with a new layer of soil to protect the crop.


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Once shoots are 5cm (2in) tall cover the shoots with more soil to block out any light. This process is known as earthing up. Do this process twice.


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Water the soil around plants especially once foliage has formed and keep a look out for late frosts.


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Planting Potatoes in a Growing Bag 

This is a simple way of growing seed potatoes. Simply fill a growing bag with 15cm (6in) of compost then place three or four chitted potatoes evenly on top of the compost with sprouts facing upwards. Cover the potatoes with a further 10-15cm (4-6in) of compost. Ensure compost is well watered then add further compost as shoots appear until it reaches 5cm (2in) from the top of the bag.


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Harvesting 

When the potato plant starts to flower it is usually a sign that the potatoes are ready for harvesting.


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