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How to grow potatoes

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potatoes

Ahh the humble spud. Hey spud! Looking to grow your own potatoes? They’re a fantastic kitchen staple (lucky they store for months, too) and also fun to grow – great one for the kids!
Before planting, make sure you buy certified potato seeds (small dried potatoes) from the nursery or reputable source to ensure they’re virus and disease free.

Position: Full sun
Water: Water regularly
Soil: Well drained
Harvesting: 3-4 months after planting
When to grow: In cold climates, potatoes can be planted a few weeks before the last frost is expected. January planting is possible in most areas, but it can be harder to buy seed potatoes at that time.

How To Grow In The Garden:
Step 1: Choose a sunny spot with well drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
Step 2: Dig holes or a trench 10-15cm deep and plant seeds with ‘eyes’ or shoots facing up. Backfill with soil and water in well.
Step 3: As shoots appear, cover them with soil from either side of the hole or trench and water well. This prevents light from reaching the tubers, which stops them from turning green.
Step 4: Feed fortnightly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food. Continue to mound soil or add sugar cane mulch to the plant as it grows, watering well each time. Repeat until the mound reaches approximately 60cm tall.
Step 5: Feed plants in summer with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
Step 6: Harvest once the plants have flowered and died down. Although, you can ‘bandicoot’ small potatoes before then by hand digging beneath the plant and carefully extracting any of usable size.

How To Grow In A Pot:
Step 1: If you’re short of space, you can grow potatoes in a large pot or even an old bucket. Punch a few holes in the bottom of the bucket for drainage.
Step 2: Half-fill container with Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
Step 3: Position a seed potato (more than one if the container is big) on top and cover with 10-15cm of potting mix.
Step 4: As shoots appear, cover with potting mix from either side of the plant and water well. This prevents light from reaching the tuber, which stops it from turning green. You can also add sugarcane mulch to the mound and this will help retain moisture.
Step 5: Feed fortnightly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food. Continue to mound soil or add sugar cane mulch to the plant as it grows, watering well each time. Repeat until the mound reaches approximately 60cm tall.
Step 6: Feed plants in summer with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
Step 7: Harvest once the plants have flowered and died down. Although, you can ‘bandicoot’ small potatoes before then by hand digging beneath the plant and carefully extracting any of usable size.

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