This week with the HOPE group we started to plant some early potatoes in drills out in our allotment. We had been chitting the seed potatoes for the past few weeks in the polytunnel and now we've started to plant. We have conditioned the allotment with lots of manure previously. We spaced the seed about a foot apart after we had dressed the drill with a good layer of chicken manure pellets. We're planting some Queen potatoes, seed sourced from Altnagelvin Garden Centre
This week we started some early potatoes in bags in St Pauls Primary. We're using old coal bags...nothing fancy here!! We fill the bags with 12 inches of compost, add a good couple of handfuls of chicken manure, 5 spuds to bag. We're using Sharpes Express seed (bought in Knox's garden centre in Campsie). These spuds should be ready to harvest either as small spuds last week of school term or left all summer, the first week the kids are back from holidays as good sized spuds. Spuds in bags need a load of water as they grow, upto 2 gallons a day in the summer...and will need fed again in about 8 weeks time. As the spuds grow we'll earth them up more so eventually the bag will be near 3/4 full
Nows the time to be chitting seed potatoes, to do this simply buy some seed poattoes from your local garden centre, or wherever, and place them rounded side up in a tray or box in a bright, frost free location.
Chitting allows the seed potatoe to do some growing independant of the soil, 5-6 weeks worth in fact, growth it would never put on in the ground as the soil is too cold. By chitting you ensure bigger, better crops.
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