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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Pota­toes in pots

If spuds have taken over your veg patch, or they’ve suf­fered from blight and per­ished over the years, it may be time to grow them in pots if you want a de­li­cious crop which tastes com­pletely dif­fer­ent from the shop-bought va­ri­eties.

And pots can be moved to a warm, shel­tered, sunny spot to aid the growth rate of the pota­toes.

Any pot with drainage holes will do, but the big­ger the bet­ter as they will need plenty of mois­ture, which will be re­tained more suc­cess­fully in a larger pot.

Plant in mul­ti­pur­pose compost - first and se­cond early va­ri­eties work best as they can be har­vested ear­lier so the pot’s freed up for al­ter­na­tive crops.

You’ll need three tu­bers in a 40L con­tainer with some compost on top, plenty of wa­ter­ing dur­ing the sea­son and when the green shoots come up, cover them with an­other layer of compost, feed and wa­ter ac­cord­ingly and con­tinue to do that un­til you reach the top of the pot.

When they’re ready to har­vest, dig them up as you need them. Good va­ri­eties in­clude ‘Char­lotte’ and ‘Epi­cure’.

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