Yesterday we planted our first potatoes of the year! 9 seeds potatoes were carefully planted in the ground and will hopefully give us scrumptious new potatoes in three months time. Mmmmmmm.
Potatoes were something that I wasn't too interested in growing before as I thought, well, they're not that exciting and they're cheap. But I relented last year and when I tasted our first ever home grown potatoes I saw the error of my ways. I enjoyed them about as much as I enjoy a tub of Ben and Jerrie's chocolate fudge brownie ice cream! Obviously I had never tasted the real thing before, which is why I thought they weren't very exciting. How wrong I was. With a little butter and salt and loads of freshly ground pepper they are divine. So without a second thought I agreed to plant a lot more potatoes this year. We are also doing an experiment. Can we have new potatoes all year round by planting more seed potatoes every month? The big challenge will be to have new potatoes at Christmas. It is apparently possible .
So first of all we had to prepare the bed. We dug out plenty of soil so that we could plant the potatoes nice and deep.
We started this pretty late in the day so it was beginning to get dark by the time we started to decide where to put the potatoes. There are roughly a foot apart. They could probably do with a little more room but they'll be fine.
We stuck a spade into the ground and lifted up some more soil and popped in the potato, sprouts pointing up, and dropped the earth back on top of them. Before you plant potatoes you normally sit them in the light somewhere so they can begin to sprout. I'm not fully sure why this is done but it's called chitting.
We had already put well rotted horse manure in to it about a month ago but we needed some more so we spread on some that we had gotten from the organic farm where Chris volunteers. By this stage it was nearly dark!
Then we put most of the soil back on top of the manure and raked it so that it was nice and level.
We'll be keeping an eye out every day for the first signs of leaves. Once we see them we can breath a sigh of relief that we haven't done something wrong.