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This question came up recently...........maybe a couple of weeks ago ?.
Have a look on the Fruit/Veg bit.............I'm pretty sure it was on there and there was quite a bit of advice.
Hope this helps
Here it is http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/fruit-andamp-veg/too-early-to-chit/241304.html
Dove..........you are a godsend..........I expect that is what I really meant to say
Mark,chit the earlies but don't bother with main crop.
Can you not plant them all?
I suppose I will have to find the space! But dissapointed as I dont want them alltogether.
It's ok, you harvest the earlies early and leave the maincrop ones in the ground for longer
Chit them in the light, in a cool place, then they will grow short strong shoots. If they are kept in the dark they will grow long and lanky and get knocked off easily.
They won't all come together as you can leave them in the ground until you need them. But you won't be able to resist digging them up and eating them with lashings of butter!
If you are a beginner it is actually easier to leave maincrop to the professionals and concentrate on wonderful earlies and second earlies. Maincrop are in the soil so long and are prey to horrors like blight.
The main object of chitting is to get the potatoes off to a head-start when it is still too cold to put them in the garden. Good Friday used to be a traditional day for planting.
The problem Welshonion is Good Friday can be any where from late March to late April.
Around here we sow first early spuds around Patricks day, frost protection will be needed during April but that's the price we pay for early potatoes.
i do have some potatoes seeds and i read an artical for growing them on www.mostbeautifulgardens.com do you think ill need more tips ?