Grow super-early potatoes

Grow super-early potatoes

Grow super-early potatoes by starting a few tubers in a potato sack about now under cover for a tasty treat ready weeks earlier than those you’ll be planting outside in March.

Grab a Pack of Seed Potatoes

You’ll need a couple of potato sacks, multipurpose compost and potato fertiliser from our garden centre here in Woolsington, plus a pack of our super-early seed potatoes: varieties like ‘Rocket’ and ‘Swift’ are known for being really quick to reach harvesting size.

Make a 15cm layer of compost at the bottom of your potato sacks, then place two or three tubers on top. Cover with another 30cm of compost, water, and leave in a frost-free greenhouse or conservatory to start sprouting.

Grow Your Own

After a few weeks, you’ll start to see the sprouts erupting from the compost. Keep them well watered, and as they grow, tip in more compost, mixed with a handful of potato fertiliser, burying all but the topmost leaves. Repeat until you’ve completely filled the potato sack – this will give you the maximum yield of plump, sweetly-flavoured tubers. Once the plant reaches full size, start to feel around gently in the compost with your fingers – once you find tubers about the size of a hen’s egg, tip the whole lot out and enjoy your scrummy early harvest.

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With 40 years experience in the horticultural industry, where better to obtain gardening advice than from Cowell's, the family Garden Centre. Cowell's which is on Main Road, Woolsington, was established in 1978.
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