Grow Your Own Potatoes

Posted on: January 12th, 2020 by Stone Cross Garden Centre No Comments

Why not grow your own Potatoes this year? Our guide will show you how to.

 

The potato is one of the most widely eaten vegetables in Britain. According to Kantar Worldpanel Usage (52 w/e, 13/9/15) fresh potatoes form part of 5.8 billion meals made at home each year. Potato is also part of a further 2.8 billion frozen meals. However, gardeners will agree that there is nothing like produce you have grown yourself.

There are a number of types of potato suitable for boiling, mashing, roasting and baking purposes. Growing your own produce is a great way of getting children interested in the food that they eat too. Also, whilst growing it’s you that is in control meaning that you can grow using organic chemical free methods if you wish.

Whether you have an allotment, a garden vegetable patch or just a couple of pots there is still plenty of scope to grow your own!

 

Our range includes:

chit potatoes

FIRST EARLIES

Ready to harvest 6 to 10 weeks after planting

  • Arran Pilot – “A trusted old favourite.” Good for boiling with good resistance to common scab
  • Foremost – “Versatile and flavoursome.” Tasty early variety with some slug resistance
  • Lady Christl – “Very early garden favourite.” Yields numerous medium sized tubers. Eelworm resistance
  • Pentland Javelin – “Suitable for all soils.” Eelworm & scab resistant. Good for boiling and salads
  • Rocket – “Eelworm Resistant.” Good for boling and salads
  • Swift “Earliest of all.” Resistant to scab and virus. Perfect for growing bags

 

SECOND EARLLIES

Ready to harvest 12 weeks after planting

  • British Queen – “RHS Award Winner.” An excellent general purpose potato similar to Nicola
  • Carlingford – Very reliable.” Early harvest from containers. Good resistance to scab
  • Charlotte – “Popular salad variety.” Excellent flavour for salads and good for boiling
  • Kestrel – “Resistant to slugs.” Early andd high yielding good all- rounder
  • Marfona – “Good Drought Resistance.” Good for roasting and mash, best as a jacket
  • Maris Peer – “Good Boiler.” Round to oval shape. Good for salads. Slug resistant
  • Wilja – “High yielding variety.” Good for boiling and salads

 

MAIN CROP

Ready to harvest 16 to 18 weeks after planting

  • Cara – “Resistant to pests and diseases.” A late harvesting variety good for baking and boiling
  • Desiree – “The most popular red.” Dependable & drought-resistant, proven good all-rounder
  • International Kidney – “Harvest early for salads.” Delicious buttery flavour
  • King Edward – “The finest flavour.” The old favourite is great for baking, boiling and mashing
  • Maris Piper – “The chip shop potato.” Versatile, high yielding, Stores well
  • Pentland Crown – “The Early Main Crop Potato.” Drought, slug and blight resistant
  • Pink Fir Apple – “Late Salad Variety.” Finger shaped potato with a beautiful nutty flavour
  • Performer – “Great at being stored.” Big oval tubers. Good for chips and baking
  • Setanta – “Excellent Blight Resistance.” Good all round red with a floury taste
  • Sarpo Mira – “Most Blight Resistant Potato.” High yielding. Vigorous weed smothering foliage

 

Why not try growing in bags. This is great for small spaces. Fill with the durable bag with approximately 40 litres of Topgrow Peat-Free multi-purpose compost. Place three potatoes around six inches down in the soil. Keep the soil moist but not saturated and feed monthly with Vitax Q4 fertiliser. Harvest after the suggest time or leave in longer so the potatoes get bigger. Have a go – you will love the taste!

 

Download our leaflet for the full growing guide.