Posted: 11/08/2013 at 21:40
This will be my 3rd year trying to grow spuds for Christmas. First year I planted far to late and the plants didn't have enough time to grow.
Last year the bags froze in the GH and didn't defrost until February I suspect the compost in the bags was too wet, as I'd kept up with summer watering when I should have slowed down. The spuds were good to eat through.
Spuds for Christmas, ideally, should be planted, the latest, at the end of July, so get them in quick if you haven't already planted them. I'd also advise putting them in a sheltered spot when the temp starts to drop rather than wait for a threatened frost, the cold weather and decrease in light slows down their growth, 1st earlies take longer to mature than the 12 weeks for summer grown one's.
Good luck and happy gardening