Potatoes

Chitting Potatoes

Chitting is the controlled production of sprouts on seed potatoes before planting.   But the controlled production of sprouts is the key. The length & strength of the sprout must be controlled to give a short (1.5-2.5cm (0.5-1in) long), stubby, green chit. The
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Early or New Potato Varieties

Early (or new) potato varieties are planted from January to March and are ready for digging from May-July. Second earlies are planted between February and May and harvested from July to October. Examples of early potato varieties are: Ultra-Early Potato
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Early or Maincrop Potatoes?

There are three growing seasons for potatoes: * New Potatoes, or earlies * Second earlies * Maincrop Early potatoes are planted from January to March and are ready for  digging from May-July. Second earlies are planted between February and May
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Certification of British Seed Potatoes

Always grow Certified British seed potatoes because they are rigorously inspected by official inspectors and are disease free. The inspectors: test the land producing the seed inspect the crops twice whilst growing inspect the seed at harvest High quality British
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How Many Seed Potatoes to Buy?

How Many Seed Potatoes to Buy? When calculating how many Seed Potatoes to buy, gardeners have to know what space is available in the vegetable garden for growing the potatoes. Potatoes are grown from ‘seed’ potatoes, which are small, immature
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Chitting Potatoes

Our Potato seed is chitting. Chitting is the controlled production of sprouts on seed potatoes before planting. But the controlled production of sprouts is the key. The length & strength of the sprout must be controlled to give a short
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Ridging Up Potatoes

Traditionally potatoes (latin name – Solanum tuberosum) are grown in a ridge so that the new potatoes formed at the end of the underground stems do not become exposed to the light. If potatoes are in the light they turn
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Why are Potatoes Ridged up with Earth?

Why are potatoes ridged up with earth? Earthing up potatoes stops the light getting to the growing tubers. If potatoes catch light, they turn green and they should not be eaten. Earthing up potatoes into a ridge improves the yield
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How Many Sprouts (chits) on Potatoes

Most potatoes naturally produce one main chit (sprout). This is apical dominance. The eye at the rose end of the potato (ie furthest from where the potato was attached to its parent plant) is dominant. This dominant eye is at
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Grow your own gardening calendar

Grow your own gardening calendar Whether you’re looking to spruce up your garden or aiming to make the most of your outdoor space, award-winning seed supplier Dobies of Devon (affiliate link).has produced this handy grow your own gardening calendar so
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