Sunday, 10 March 2013
Sunday On The Allotment - 10 Mar - Potato Planting
After a lovely sunny day yesterday Winter has bitten back - with some force.
Spring is approaching - and I wanted to get my first couple of rows of seed potatoes into the ground.
As mentioned in my previous post - Potato Preparation - I manured the potato plots last year and cleared the ground ready for planting a couple of weeks ago. The soil is looking really good - and hopefully fertile ! ......
I must admit - they haven't chitted very well this year just a few very small shoots. It may have been too cold out there - I might chit them indoors next year.
I chose two "early" varieties - Charlotte and Wilja. Both are great to eat with a creamy waxy flesh.
Planting was pretty straightforward - I'd already done most of the hard work by preparing the ground.
I simply dug a trench - about 6 inches deep.
I won't be adding any more manure - as potatoes don't like this.
All that's left to do is to add some slug pellets and wait for the first green growth to appear.
Then I'll start earthing up - once the green shoots are about 4 inches high - and start looking forward to eating some lovely fresh new potatoes in May.