Category Archives: Potatoes

Seed potatoes now in stock

photo of bags of seed potatoes

We have over 18 varieties of the best selected seed potatoes and a good selection of early second early and main crop potatoes, including,

  • Charlotte – with a hint of chestnut flavour, this variety is great for salads and can be planted early in a greenhouse either in the ground or ideally in potato bags or buckets
  • Pentland Dell – a main crop potato, with a high yield and firm texture, this variety is good for baking and roasting
  • Rocket – quick growing and full of flavour, this variety is ideal for salads, boiling, roasting, and making chips or mash, this a good all round potato

Many more in store, watch this spacefor further listings.

£3.99 per 2.5kg pre packs

Fancy Home-Grown Potatoes for Christmas?

These can be planted in larger pots or into the ground.

Try Lady Christl, a lovely tasting potato with creamy to waxy flesh and oval pale yellow-skinned tubers. Great for boiling and for making chips.

photo of a Lady Christl potato

Or Carlingford, a Maris Peer-type potato with white skin and waxy flesh with a great ‘new potato’ taste out of season. Great for boiling or for salads.

£5.99 per bag or two for £10.

Time to chit those potatoes!

Now is the time to start chitting potatoes, especially main crops, to encourage early growth.

Chitting potatoes

As seed potatoes develop, buds appear on the potato.

Sometimes, as shown in the photo below, a potato develops three good buds evenly apart on the potato. This is ideal!

photo of a seed potato with three good bud

The potato shown above is ready for planting.

But my potato has more buds!

The potato shown below has lots of buds, particularly at one end.

photo of a seed potato in need of chitting

If this potato were to be planted it would produce lots of shoots, but they would be weak as the tuber would be trying to support too much initial growth.

This potato needs to be chitted.

close-up photo of a seed potato in need of chitting

To do this the two strongest buds at this end of the potato (plus the solitary bud at the other end) are left intact, but the other buds are removed.

This leaves three strong, reasonably well-spaced buds.

close-up photo of a chatted seed potato

This potato is now ready to be planted.