How to grow potatoes for Christmas

Do it:

Jun, Jul, Aug

Takes just:

20 minutes

Growing new potatoes for Christmas dinner is easier than you might think - you just need to plant them a little later. Some of the best new potatoes are grown from early and second early varieties, usually harvested in June and July. So, when planting in spring, save a few tubers for a later planting in June, and you could be reaping the rewards at Christmas.

Grow the potatoes in large sacks, as they're best raised outdoors in summer, then moved indoors at the first sign of frost.

You will need

  • 40-litre potato bag
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Potato tubers - early and second early varieties are best

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Roll down the sides of the potato sack and add a 25cm layer of compost to the bottom.

Lightly press the tubers on to the surface of the compost, ensuring the shoots, or 'eyes' are facing upwards.

Cover the tubers with a 5 - 10cm layer of compost and water well. When shoots appear, roll up the sides of the bag and add a further layer of compost to cover them. Keep repeating this until the bag is full.

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Don't worry if the foliage dies down, leave the spuds in the compost and they should keep well till Christmas.

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