PLANT SEED POTATOES IN POTS
My spuds have been chitting for a month, have sprouted nicely and are now ready to plant. In Lynda Hallinan’s Potatoes in Pots trial in the August issue of NZ Gardener, she recommends one seed potato per 10 litres of soil – or one bucket full.
Lynda grew her trial potatoes in 50cm tall x 40cm planter bags with drainage holes and reinforced rims containing a 40-litre bag of growing media. I grow mine in a collection of old recycling bins, terracotta pots, grow bags and a half wine barrel. I’m also using a PotatoPot for the first time. The instructions recommend three seed potatoes which seems a bit optimistic but I’ll give it a go. I’ve given up on ‘‘earthing up’’ because it’s so fiddly in pots and it’s easy to break the shoots. I cover the pot drainage holes with a piece of weed mat to stop the soil washing out. Then I place the seed potatoes on a layer of potting mix around 5cm deep and fill each container to 5cm below the rim to allow for