Potatoes

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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Planting Early Potatoes

Couldn’t wait any longer. The polytunnel has kept the soil dry. The seed potatoes have strong, stubby, green chits. So, I planted 6 Sharpes Express & 6 Maris Bard today. I figured that if they do get caught by a
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What fertiliser before planting Potatoes??

What fertiliser before planting Potatoes??

dig1 Potatoes are hungry plants so it is good to add some fertiliser to the soil now, before the potatoes are planted. If the soil is fertile the potatoes will be able to reach their potential and yield well. Apart
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Chef digs more Early Potatoes

The Chef has dug some more early potatoes on the plot. He sent a photo with the caption “Two roots of spuds.Not a good yield”                   At least the plot has produced
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First New Potatoes on The Plot

Today The Chef harvested the first new potatoes on The Plot.  This is the first produce taken from The Plot, since The Plot was created on 16 March 2013.  On that day The Chef dug up his lawn to create
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New Potatoes

TopVeg dug these new potatoes today. The potatoes were the size of a medium hen’s egg.  All the potatoes were from one root.  This root actually had two more potatoes, which were eaten last week! It has been a cold
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