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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● GROW­ING pota­toes in pots

Potato en­thu­si­asts should be ‘chit­ting’ their seed pota­toes now, putting them in egg boxes or on trays on a win­dowsill to en­cour­age the pota­toes to pro­duce shoots, which will need to be about 2.5cm long be­fore plant­ing.

If you don’t have much space, you can grow pota­toes in large pots or even used com­post bags, spacing three to five tu­bers on a 10cm layer of com­post and cov­er­ing with an­other 10cm of com­post and wa­ter­ing in well.

When the stems are 20cm tall, cover them to half their height with com­post and grad­u­ally add more com­post as the stems get taller, stop­ping when you are nearly at the top of the con­tainer.

Keep plants well wa­tered dur­ing dry spells.

They should be ready to har­vest about two weeks af­ter the flow­ers ap­pear.

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