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No room? Potatoes can be planted in compost bags

You don’t need fancy equipment to grow potatoes! Compost bags are ideal. Try and use a container that is dark to stop any light getting to the roots and the new tubers. Light makes the new tubers go green.

Andrew Oldham from Life on Pig row certainly didn’t complicate things when he planted his Christmas potatoes from Potato House!

You can read about his experience of planting potatoes for Christmas on his blog

Andrew’s blog shows Down to earth growing and cooking high on the Saddleworth hills. The Oldham family (Andrew, Carol and D) have created an inspiring kitchen garden which provides a wealth of rich flavours for the kitchen and larder. Their make do and mend attitude was born out of three years of recreating a Dig For Victory garden on their 1/4 acre plot. Well worth a follow!

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Growing Potatoes for Christmas

Informative article about planting for Christmas using our potatoes. 2020 was the first time we kept potatoes in cold storage for Christmas Planting and so we were very interested to see how people got on. We advised Alison Levey that the potatoes should be in pots, rather than the ground. This is due to the risk of the plant becoming frosted in the early autumn and pots could be brought indoors or to a shed to protect them.

Alison Levey blogs about her lovely garden – not just vegetables. The Blackberry Garden is not a ‘how to’ blog, the aim is to talk more about the enjoyment of gardening.

You can read about Alison’s update written after the harvest in January 2021.

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A pot of potatoes as a thoughtful Christmas Gift!

Jean Vernon from Hartely Magazine, wrote a thoughtful article about being more self-sufficient, especially during lockdown times. Planning for the entire winter not just Christmas involves planning. Late season potatoes can be done.

Jean Vernon is a garden writer with a passion for wildlife. She gardens with nature in her greenhouse and garden and writes for a number of national gardening magazines and newspapers.

Why not wrap a pot in festive wrap and deliver to your lunch destination a day or two before Christmas with a note. I can’t think of a more thoughtful festive gift; a pot of potatoes for lunch! What a talking point!

Jean Vernon
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Martha’s Potato Blog – Not all teenagers blog about makeup!

Growing Potatoes! (pt.1)

Welcome back to another blog! Today will be the first blog in a small series. I was very kindly gifted 5 different varieties of potatoes by The Potato House.

 The varieties I am growing are: Shetland Black, Highland Burgundy Red, Record, Heidi Red and Setanta Potatoes. 

Over the series of blogs, I’ll take you through the process of how I am growing them. You can grow potatoes almost anywhere which is so cool. I decided to plant my potatoes in Bag’s For Life as we already had some and did not want to spend money on larger bags.

Apparently you can even grow them in wellies if you would like!

When you plant potatoes, you don’t plant them out straight away. What you do is you need to do some ‘chitting’. Very strange word… I didn’t hear it correctly the first time I heard it

Chitting is used to speed up the process by placing the potatoes ‘eyes up’ in an egg box. You then place them somewhere that gets sunlight (but not direct sunlight) for up to two weeks and you will begin to see the ‘eyes’ of the potatoes grow quite rapidly.

I only placed them on the windowsill for a week as potatoes need to be planted at the end of May, at the latest. Also when my potatoes came, some arrived some already had ‘eyes’ and the weather and soil was warm enough outside already!

After a week of having the potatoes on the windowsill, mum and I got out our Bags For Life and cut holes in the bottom for drainage. We decided to use some pots too which we had around the garden and already have drainage holes.

I filled the bags and pots with about 5cm/inches of soil before placing the potatoes on top. I labelled the pots and bags with the type of potato so they wouldn’t get mixed up. Once the potatoes were evenly spaced out, I covered them with a layer of soil (just enough so that we could no longer see them) before watering them.

The potatoes are growing on our patio which gets lots of sunlight and we can see them growing from our kitchen. This is handy as we don’t forget to water them!

Here I am, watering the planted potatoes!

These are the first few steps of growing my potatoes and I’ll write you an update next week!

Check out the Potato House and make sure to contact them if you are interested in growing some yourself!

Make sure to check out my Facebook Page and Instagram for more!

Love Martha B x

Text and photos are (c) Martha Baldwin

Read more about Martha’s potato growing experience on her blog.

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Arran Victory as the centrepiece of our Christmas Dinner

…although we usually have turkey or beef as a side dish!

Our Christmas always revolves around family, and lots of good food and wine, and we are lucky that we have great experimental chefs in the extended family! No two Christmas dinners are ever the same. Christmas presents opening with a glass of fizz is the best feeling all year and then some lovely wines and finishing off with some of my mother’s home made sloe gin… I am looking forward to it already!

Amy Skea

Nick Moyles from Two Thirsty Gardeners did a great Q&A with us about the things to watch out for with late season potato planting. Always looking to the end result and the meal the planning starts with the potatoes and figuring out the wine! Their blog page is a great read with product sampling thrown in. Some lovely small breweries are mentioned – they’d go perfect with some home-made crisps! Follow them for Digging and swigging through the seasons!