25 May 2011
How To Grow Your Own Potatoes (In containers - no digging!)
Learning how to grow potatoes the easy way with no digging! Growing potatoes is easy when you know how. There are lots of varieties of potatoes to grow such as King Edward's or Maris Piper potatoes. Potatoes grow from seed potatoes and are ready to harvest in 12-28 weeks in a sunny position. Learn how to grow potatoes with this easy to follow guide complete with pictures.
1. Buy seed potatoes at the end of winter. Lay them out separately with their 'eyes' uppermost in a cool, dry, light place or windowsill. They'll take about six weeks to sprout shoots.
2. Make holes in the base of a large container, such as a bin or a large mesh sack. Add some crock, gravel, or stones and fill the container with a 10 cm (4 in) layer of soil.
3. In spring, once the potatoes have sprouted short shoots, they are ready to plant. Carefully place five potatoes on top of the soil with the shoots facing upwards.
4. Add a little more soil to cover the potatoes by a further 2.5cm 91 inch) layer.
5. Once the shoots re-appear cover them with more soil so they are just buried. This is called 'earthing up'. Keep repeating this until the container is full.
6. Keep the soil watered especially in dry weather. Remove any weeds. Use a general purpose fertilizer every couple of weeks.
7. Flowering shows that the potatoes have reached a good size, so you could lift some. Early varieties can be lifted as 'new potatoes' in early summer.
8. Otherwise wait until the leages die abck in autumn. Now tip over the container and enjoy finding the potatoes buried in the soil. Look carefully.
Last year's potaotes looked like this:
Potatoes for Schools where you can pre-register for your free seed potatoes and free grow bags. Join in with the activities too. Open to all schools, nurseries and childminders. It's also a good site for resources and seed suppliers in the UK.
Gardman 7505 2 Pack Potato Tubs
OXO Good Grips Potato Ricer
Grow your own Potato Books
Ultimate Potato Book: Hundreds of Ways to Turn America's Favorite Side Dish into a Meal
How to Grow Potatoes: A practical gardening guide for great results, with
Where do I buy seed potatoes?
Plants By Post 12 for £1.99
Primrose 12 for 2.95
Thompson and Morgan 5 tubers from £2.49 (more expensive but has a greater range of seeds and plants)