Potatoes

Potato Blight Disease

TopVeg has (inadvertently) demonstrated that potato blight spreads in warm wet weather. When the weather was warm and wet, and for some reason a cloche had been put over half the potato row, so covering those potato leaves and keeping
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Unwanted Potato Plants

In spring, unwanted potato plants appear in the vegetable garden.  They can grow from tiny potatoes which were missed last year, or even from parts of damaged potatoes which were left in the ground previously. These potatoes, from the previous
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When to Plant Seed Potatoes.

When to plant seed potatoes depends on many factors: variety of potato location of potato plot weather condition of soil protection available Potato varieties can be divided into three main types & each type has a different growing season: New
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Size of Seed Potatoes

This year we made sure that the size of the seed potatoes we plant are at the higher end of the scale. Larger seed potatoes: have more vigour grow quicker emerge sooner will be ready for harvest earlier Seed potatoes sold
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Cutting or Dividing Seed Potatoes

Cutting seed potatoes is a way to increase the number of potato plants grown from one seed & is used when the seed of a particular variety is scarce or very expensive. Large seed potatoes may be cut into several pieces,
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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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