• Alison Murray

Things to do in the garden during lockdown, day 5: Plant some potatoes

Potatoes are a great thing to plant in containers. You can grow them in just about anything, a large pot or compost bag are great, and just about anywhere, on a balcony or patio, or in a tiny front garden. They like a sunny spot but do bare well in light shade.

Another reason to grow in a container is that they can take up a lot of room in your veg patch and I always find I miss harvesting all of them and inevitably then they grow again the next year in the middle of a different crop.

I have no idea what cultivar these are, I just found them sprouting in the fridge and thought I would put them to good use.

rubbing off chitted potato shoots

planting potatoes in a container

  • Fill the container with about 10cm of compost or soil

  • Rub the shoots off, leaving about a couple at one end of the tuberPlant your tubers with the shoots facing up wards. Don't over crowd the container - this can lead to disease.

  • Cover the tops with another 10cm of compost and water them in

  • When the shoots start to emerge, cover with another layer of compost and keep doing this until the pot is full, this way you end up with a bumper crop of potatoes throughout the whole depth of the container.

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