BUCKET OF SPUDS

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YOU WILL NEED:

A BUCKET, A BAG OR A BAR­REL; any con­tainer will do, as long as the water can get out the bot­tom. If you choose to plant in a bucket, drill plenty of drainage holes.

SEED POTA­TOES FROM YOUR GAR­DEN CEN­TRE. Choose early crop va­ri­eties (such as Rocket, and Cliff’s Kid­ney) which will be ready be­fore Christ­mas.

PLANT­ING MIX OR COMPOST

1 Find a sunny, shel­tered, frost-free spot for your con­tainer.

2 Add some plant­ing mix, up to about 10cm deep.

3 Place your seed pota­toes on top. Two or three seed pota­toes is enough for a bucket. Cover with more plant­ing mix (10cm deep) and water with a wa­ter­ing can.

4 Water enough to keep the mix just moist, not soak­ing wet or your pota­toes will rot!

5 When the plants have grown to 15cm high, add some more pot­ting mix, leav­ing about 5cm of the plants un­cov­ered. Re­peat this un­til the con­tainer is full.

6 Af­ter flow­er­ing, about 90 days af­ter plant­ing, you’ll have new pota­toes ready to har­vest. Tip the con­tainer up-side down and count your trea­sure!

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