Top tips for pota­toes

Amateur Gardening - - A Gardener’s Miscellany -

1 To max­imise potato yields, the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Agri­cul­tural Botany (NIAB) rec­om­mends that all shoots should be rubbed off main­crop pota­toes be­fore plant­ing, and that shoots more than 2in (5cm) long should be re­moved from first and se­cond ear­lies.

2 The first crop of early pota­toes usu­ally com­prises a few tu­bers big enough to eat, but most are too small. If, af­ter re­moval of the larger tu­bers, the whole plant is placed back in the soil and wa­tered reg­u­larly, many of the tiny tu­bers will swell and be ready for eat­ing a few weeks later.

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