One of the first crops that I've been involved with has been potatoes.
I staked some early potatoes 'Jazzy', which had been grown in bags after being started indoors in week 13, which we then displayed in the glasshouse in the veg garden.
|Potato 'Jazzy' being staked||Potato 'Jazzy' in the glasshouse|
I fertilised the soil where potatoes would go in in week 14 (end of March) by top dressing it before the rain came. We used general fertiliser at 10 g per sqm.
Today (week 18) I planted some second earlies. At 40 cm between them in rows 60 cm apart, we planted them at 10 cm depth, by using a marked stick and adding 50 g potato fertiliser per hole, well forked in (it will need another 50 gr as topdressing at emergence, in 2 weeks).
|Marking the spacing of potato||Planting at the right depth|
As we were expecting one of the last frosts, I was also asked to earth up the other potatoes that had emerged. With soil from either side of the row, we covered every single leaf to avoid it getting damaged.
|Potato 'Catriona' earthed up||Week 20 and 'Catriona' has emerged |
again, safe from frosts now
|Rooting Ipomoea batatas|