Growing Potatoes

Episode: 10
Title: Growing Potatoes
Broadcast: 21st November 2015
Presenter: Melissa King

One of the best reasons to grow your own potatoes is that you can grow unusual varieties that are hard to find in the shops. With Winter gone and spring on its way, Mel shows you the right way to grow your own potatoes.

  • You can get spuds in the ground as the risk of frost has passed, just make sure you use certified seed potatoes to avoid disease build up.
  • Grow them in a well-drained, sunny spot and prepare the soil first with lots of organic matter and compost.
  • Some people like to chit their seed potatoes to encourage them to shoot before putting them into the ground; otherwise you can plant them along with a full potato.
  • If you’ve got space, you could grow them in rows say 60cm to one metre apart and then plant the tubers roughly 10-15cm deep with the potato eye pointing upwards.
  • Once the potatoes are growing, keep raking soil up around the shoots to form a nice mound and mulch with a good layer of straw.