It’s that time of year again when you head to the garden centre, potato day or order your seed potatoes online ready for the growing year ahead. I’m a big fan of the chitting process and like to start doing this middle of February so that the potatoes are ready to plant out on Good Friday (or near enough!)
We were out delivering a large order of metal garden hurdles in the New Forest this weekend and popped to a garden centre to have a look around (and have some tea and cake of course!) We just so happened to chance upon the seed potatoes and couldn’t resist the low price of £4.00 per rather large bag. We usually get our seed potatoes a little later in February but came to the conclusion that it would be the same bags just left chitting in the shop rather then at home!
This year I have decided to just grow International Kidney’s, I’ve grown them for the past 2 years and they haven’t let me down, plus they taste delicious too. Last year I grew the variety Charlotte too, however because my plot is rather tiny and I only have 4 rows by 3m deep so I’ve decided to fill it with the Jersey Royal favourite. My Dad on the other hand will be growing the varieties Cara and Maris Piper this year.
Now all we need to do is stand the potatoes up in a tray and place them somewhere light but not in direct sunlight so that they can chit. Then six weeks down the line they’ll be ready to plant out and we’ll be eating homegrown potatoes before you know it 🙂