Last years potato crop was so successful that we decided to grow them again this year. Potatoes are a very easy vegetable to grow in containers, which is great if you are new to growing and short on space. There is a wide variety of seed potatoes available, with varieties bred especially to grow in containers to unusual heritage varieties.
The phrases First Earlies, Second Earlies and Maincrop refers to the time the potatoes take to reach maturity. First Earlies usually take 10 weeks to grow, Second Earlies 13 weeks, and Maincrop up to 20 weeks.
First Earlies which are also called new potatoes, are the most suitable to grow in small containers. A 10l container (about the size of a large black florist bucket) would be suitable for one seed potato but you can grow maincrop potatoes like we do in bigger tubs. If you have a sheltered sunny spot you can plant First Earlies in March but as plant roots can get cold in containers, we wait till the last frost has passed.
This year we will planting Purple Majesty (maincrop), Kerrs Pink (maincrop), Pink Fir Apple (maincrop), King Edward, (main crop), Epicure (first early) and Kestrel (second Early) which you voted best tasting potato at our Tasting Event
Potato Tasting plus Tattie Tales FACT 24th September 1-4pm
The Mediated Garden are hosting a potato tasting event as part of The Bold Street Festival. This is an opportunity to sample the different varieties we’ve grown and discover more about the garden.
For Tattie Tales our partner project tenantspin will be asking for your favourite recipes, top growing tips and potato lore.
Visit our Facebook event page.
The potato harvest is in with varying results. We grew five varieties in 42l flexi tubs into which we sowed two seed potatoes of each. The final harvest was
- Pink Fir Apple 6lb
- Maris Piper 5lb
- Kestrel 5lb
- King Edward 3lb
- Desiree 6lb
All the potato varieties yielded slightly less than those sown in the ground except the King Edward, which produced significantly less, although this plant sustained early damage during the spring storms. After drying the potatoes in the sun, they were stored in paper bags and placed in a cool, dark place until the potato tasting event later this month.
You can watch a video of our potato harvest here.
You can find more about the potato tasting event here