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Growing Crops in a Small Space - Potatoes

Growing potatoes in pots or bags in a small space - garden - backyard or even a balcony - you can grow productive crops – without an allotment.

Potatoes are fairly easy to grow and can be grown successfully in pots or plastic sacks in your garden or yard - or any other outdoor space.

All you need is a suitable sized container, soil and /or compost and one or two seed potatoes

.Add soil / compost to a depth of about six inches - nestle the seed potatoes into it, cover with another six inches of compost, water if needed and leave to grow.

One or two potatoes per container is enough.

Once the shoots emerge and have grown to about six inches - earth up with more compost - leaving a couple of inches of foliage uncovered. Repeat this as they grow until the container is full.

Water if needed - but take care not to saturate too much. You could also add a little fertiliser to promote cropping.

Best sown in Spring for a crop in Summer - but you could also try "Christmas New Potatoes" - planted in Summer - and with luck ready to harvest for Christmas Dinner.


Potato Varieties for Pots and Bags

Its best to grow new potatoes - early or second early varieties - due to the limited space in a container.

A few of my favourite varieties to try are:

  • Charlotte
  • Wilja
  • Pink Fir Apple
 
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