Potatoes

Potatoes can be grown pretty much everywhere – in beds, pots, compost heaps, even hessian bags.  They do best in in well-drained, loose soil.

Potato plants are grown from a seed potato (this is just a healthy, normal potato). You can get seed potatoes from plant nurseries and hardware stores, or on-line. You can use a potato from home too.

Potato plants need regular watering, limited fertiliser, and little attention.

When the potato plants get to about 6 inches high it pays to mound the soil up around the base of the plants.  This is called hilling (the piles look like little hills).

Potatoes are ready to dig up when the plants above have died off/gone yellow.  To avoid potato blight don’t plant in the same place every year.

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