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Seed Potatoes (available now)
Our seed potatoes are available in 2kg bags, loose (fill a bag) and small packs of 5 or ten seed potatoes. We have some special seed potatoes (in the 10 potato packs) including Purple Eyed Seedling, which is an excellent show variety and Shetland Black with it’s purple skin and distinctive purple ring in the white flesh. Please click the seed potato icon to view our list of varieties.
Our Seed Potatoes are located just inside the entrance to the shop to the left hand side with the onions, shallots, garlic etc.
Potatoes are classified as being either earlies or maincrops. Early varieties are ready to harvest much sooner than maincrops and are what we call ‘new potatoes’. Maincrop varieties are in the ground a lot longer. They have a better yield and produce larger potatoes. Potatoes are grown from special ‘seed’ potatoes which are certified virus-free.
Chit the seed potatoes before planting by standing them rose end up (the rose end is the one with the most small dents in the skin, or ‘eyes’) in egg boxes or similar in a light, frost-free place.
The potatoes are ready to plant when the shoots are about 3cm (1in) long. On early potatoes rub off the weakest shoots, leaving four per tuber.
Plant First Earlies around late March, Second Earlies early to mid April and Maincrops mid to late April.
Prepare the ground the previous autumn or winter by digging in organic matter such as well-rotted animal manure.
The traditional planting method is to dig a narrow trench 12cm (5in) deep. The seed tubers are spaced 30cm (12in) apart for earlies and 37cm (15in) for maincrop varieties in rows 24in (60cm) apart for earlies and 75cm (30in) apart for maincrop. Apply a general purpose fertiliser at this stage. Handle your chitted tubers with care, gently setting them into the trench with the shoots pointing upwards, being careful not to break the shoots.
When growth emerges, start the process of ‘earthing up’. Wait until the stems are about 23cm (9in) high and draw up to the stems creating a ridge about 15cm (6in) high. As the stems grow, repeat the process. Earthing up protects newly emerging foliage from frost damage and protects the developing potatoes from light that turns potato tubers green. Green potatoes are poisonous.
Another method is to grow the potatoes under black polythene. The tubers are planted through slits in the polythene. The advantage of this method is that there is no need to earth up and the new potatoes form just below soil level which means there’s no digging to harvest them, they’ll lie just below the sheet.
Small crops of potatoes can also be grown in large, deep containers and this is a good way of getting an early batch of new potatoes. Fill the bottom 15cm (6in) of the container with potting compost and plant the seed potatoes just below this. As the new stems start growing, keep adding compost until the container is full.
Keep crops well watered in dry weather; the vital time is once the tubers start to form. Maincrop potatoes benefit from a nitrogenous fertiliser around the time of the second earthing up.
First early potatoes should be ready to lift in June and July, second earlies in July and August, maincrops from late August through to October.
With earlies, wait until the flowers open or the buds drop; the tubers are ready to harvest when they are the size of hens’ eggs.
With maincrops for storage wait until the foliage turns yellow, then cut it and remove it. Leave for 10 days before harvesting the tubers, leaving them to dry for a few hours before storing.
Shallots, onion sets, garlic, asparagus crowns and rhubarb crowns also now available – click the icons below to view.
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