I grow potatoes, I have done for about three years now. This time of year is perfect for deciding which ones to grow. I just love potatoes fresh out of the earth!
There are many varieties out there, and it can be confusing to say the least. It doesn’t have to be, with just a little knowledge.
What do I need?
Having said that, potatoes are really, really easy to grow. If you are short on space you can grow them in a bucket, or an empty compost bag. As long as your chosen container has drainage holes, they will grow.
All you need apart from the container is fresh multipurpose compost. Then you need a fertiliser such as fish, blood and bone or chicken manure pellets. And water, and of course time.
What variety to buy?
There are a couple of things to bear in mind. First of all decide whether you want to grow salad, otherwise known as early potatoes. Some examples are Charlotte, or Swift. Alternatively try main crop, which are the ones you would buy for perfect roast potatoes. Popular varieties are Rooster, King Edward, Desiree, etc. etc.
Early potatoes are waxy and good for boiling and salads, as a general rule. Main crop are floury and are best for roasting and baking.
However there are varying degrees of each and some start waxy and become floury if left to grow on for example.
There are many reputable companies selling seed potatoes. Here are some I have used myself:
Browse the potatoes and see what will work for you. Try to choose varieties with good overall disease resistance. I am sure that you want to enjoy the growing process, rather than worry about constantly protecting your crop.
After that, wait for the next instalment. I will cover what to do with your potatoes when you receive them.
Here is my very small but perfectly formed first harvest!
Are you new to growing potatoes? What questions do you have?