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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Chit­ting pota­toes GAR­DEN­ERS will now be look­ing at new spud va­ri­eties and grow­ing tech­niques at Potato Days be­ing held at al­lot­ments and nurs­eries across the coun­try.

Give your seed pota­toes a head start by ‘chit­ting’ them in egg boxes or on a seed tray lined with news­pa­per on a win­dowsill.

You can buy seed pota­toes from gar­den cen­tres or nurs­eries.

Place the pota­toes on the tray or in the boxes, on a warm win­dowsill. Leave them to sprout - it takes around six weeks - and when the shoots are 2.5-4cm long, the potato tu­bers are ‘chit­ted’ and ready for plant­ing.

Chit­ting is vi­tal for ear­lies and use­ful for main­crops.

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