Seed Potatoes and Onion Sets Orders
Good news for plotholders who have ordered seed potatoes and onion sets. Your orders will be ready for collection from the trading shed starting on Sunday 13th February between 10am and 12 noon and at the same times on following Sundays’. Please bring along a carrier bag.
A few tips to help you achieve success and great yields from your potatoes:
As soon as the seed potatoes have been collected you should unpack them and start the chitting (sprouting) process. Place them in a single layer in a seed tray or egg boxes without compost and leave in a light, cool area protected from frost. This can be started about six weeks before you intend to plant them. Early varieties can be planted out under frost fleece protection, but the later varieties should be planted after the worst frosts have passed, this is generally mid March to mid April.
Dig a trench 8 – 13cm deep adding a general purpose fertiliser to the bottom of the trench. Plant the potato tubers in the trenches about 30cm apart, being careful not to knock the shoots off the tubers, and keeping the shoots facing upwards. Then lightly cover with soil. As the plants get to around 20cm tall you need to bank/earth up the soil around the plant, so the soil covers the bottom two thirds of the plant. Watering your plants well will help improve crop yield and discourage potato scab.
When to Plant Seed Potatoes:
|First Earlies||Mid to Late March||June to July|
|Second Earlies||Late March to Late April||June to August|
|Maincrop & Salad||Late March to Late April||August to October|