Wedges, mashed, buttery and new, roasted and crispy… who doesn’t love potatoes? High in fiber, rich in vitamin B and C and with more protein and iron than any other vegetable – potatoes are a meal in themselves. How about growing your potatoes in a pot? It saves space, and makes them extra-easy to harvest. If you plant by the end of September, you’ll have new potatoes for Christmas.
Use a medium to large plastic pot. Any kind of plastic pot lying around the house will do, even an old clothes washing basket – just line it with peastraw.
Put a 10cm-deep layer of Palmers Garden Mix in the bottom of the pot. Potatoes like lots of food, so add a handful of Palmers Sheep Pellets will give them an excellent start – these are a great as a slow release fertiliser.Add a handful of Neem Tree Granules to help prevent the potato psyllid attacking your crops. The Neem Granules range.
Add a handful of Neem Tree Granules to help prevent the potato psyllid attacking your crops. The Neem Granules range are Biogro certified organic. Choose your seed potatoes – there are some great new European varieties like Electra, Red Fantasy, Anuschka and Everest, that are early growing and have high yields. Check they have ‘eyes’ (new growth) and place three to five of them depending on the pot size, with the eyes facing upwards.
Add about 5cm of more soil and water well. When the plant tips appear over the coming days and weeks, keep adding more soil, being careful not to completely cover the new growth, until the soil level reaches 5-10cm from the top rim of the pot. Water when required, and add Yates Thrive Natural Seaweed Tonic to your watering can for additional fertilising every two weeks. In approximately 90 days when the potato leaves are dying down, your potatoes will be ready to harvest. Simply tip the pot upside down and the potatoes will be easy to find.