Growing Potatoes by Sol Morgan
By Sol Morgan
October is main potato-planting time, so hopefully you’ve got your garden beds prepared in readiness. If not there’s still time to fork out those weeds and add compost, well rotted manure and mineral fertilisers before the classic Labour Weekend plant out. Main crop potatoes can be planted now. Here’s a few ideas for growing great potatoes. They prefer a sunny, well-drained, acid soil.
Prepare the ground before planting by digging or forking the soil over to a spade depth, removing any weeds (especially couch grass).
Select medium-sized sprouted potatoes from last year (if disease-free) or buy seed potatoes.
Mark out rows with a string line at 60cm apart. Dig a trench using a potato hoe or shovel to about 20cm deep.