Potato ‘Home Guard’ 2kg

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As its name suggests, Potato ‘Home Guard’ was a wartime variety introduced in 1942 to become a Second World War favourite. This heritage variety remains equally popular today, producing consistently good yields of firm, creamy white, dry fleshed tubers with a good flavour. The tubers are ideal for boiling, baking, roasting and mashing. Height and spread: 60cm.

Plant first early potato crops from the end of February. Prior to planting, ‘chit’ the seed potatoes by setting them out in a cool, bright position 10C to allow them to sprout.

When growing first early potatoes in the ground avoid planting in soil where potatoes have grown for two years in succession to reduce the risk of disease. Prepare the planting area in a sheltered position in full sun on moist well drained soil. Dig in plenty of well rotted manure. Plant potatoes in rows at a spacing of 30cm (12″). Rows should be set out 60cm (2′) apart. Place the seed potatoes into 10cm (4″) deep trenches and backfill the soil to refill the trenches. When shoots reach 20cm (8″), mound up soil around the shoots leaving just a few cm showing. Repeat this process after a further 3 weeks.

Where space is limited, try growing potatoes in potato bags on the patio. Fill an 8 litre potato bag to just below the top of the bag with good quality compost mixed with some well rotted manure. Carefully plunge a single chitted potato tuber into the compost with the shoots pointing upwards at a depth of 12cm (5″) from the soil surface. Place the bags in a sunny position and water regularly to keep the compost moist.

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