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What's the best time to plant my seed potatoes?

I have one of these http://www.patio-plants.co.uk/images/patio_potato.jpg and I have seed potatoes, which are currently sitting on my window sill in an egg box 'chitting'

Would the end of March be too soon? They are either earlies or second earlies, and I can wrap the planter in fleece if necessary- I can also earth them up a lot which will be some protection from frost as well... which reminds me, another question... when you earth them up, do you cover the stems/ stalks/ chits/ whatever they are called, or do you leave the very tips unearthed?

I know nothing... lol.

ChrisTang

Beth I plant my earlies at the end of March and my second earlies and charlottes end of April or May depending how the weather is going. Mains go in later and I usually plant some esp for Christmas. I curently have cardboard over my plot to keep out the weeds but also to warm the soil which helps. If you go on Kings Seeds website there is loads of info on spuds and different varieties like when to plant but if you let me know the name of the ones you have I can look it up in my book and let you know? Am in Essex so quite mild here and my spuds have always done well. My "rockets" are chitting at the mo!!!

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Yup, we're further north than you Beth and we did it last year with the two crops. I moved the last lot back into the greenhouse midway through September cos the nights went colder and they cropped really well.

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'Fraid my only interest would be making them into chips when you lot have grown them! Big smile

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lol

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I was always told that in olden days potatos were always planted on Easter Sunday. This is only because it was the first day the peasants got off that year, but I always stick to round about that date as a guide to plant main crop.

QueenCaggy

lol beth i was having a very similar chat an hour ago. i though you just brought the bag, filled it with compost and a bag of spuds and waited for them to sprout etc! how naieve i am LOL!

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It depends on the variety of the potato and where in the country you are. Here in west central Scotland I can't even turn over my veg patch as it's still too cold so there's no way I can plant anything yet. I'm sure though that I have had potatoes in the ground in March of previous years so I'm sure you would be fine.

I always completely cover the seed potatoes when I plant them, making sure the biggest stalk is facing up.

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Ooh, i do love these threads in a totally foreign language!! Chitting? How bizarre. I am sure one of our slightly more green-fingered types will be along soon to tell you exactly what to do for the best, Beth!

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I know, what a cool word huh? Apparently the eyes of a spud are called 'chits' and its those that kind of grow outwards. My chits are about half a cm long at the moment! Most exciting Smile

maggiemayp

I always cover the potatoes, will prob wait until the end of march to do my first lot.....

I have in the past just stuck potatoes in the ground which I had no idea if they were early, main or late and they all turned out great....think it was about April that I planted them.

Just got to get some soil for my tyres, then will be away with the ones chitting on my windowsill at the mo.....

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