Originating in the Andes Mountains of South America potatoes are a member of the
Solanum (Nightshade) family. It is the worlds largest food crop after rice, wheat
Potatoes are easy to grow, just plant the tubers 10 cm under the ground about 60
cm apart in late March to Early April. Keep them well weeded, and water well in
dry periods. When the plants flower the potatoes are forming, sometime after which
the plants will begin to dieback. Harvest any time the tubers are big enough to
They also grow well in containers. One way is 15 cm of potting compost in a black
plastic bag and put three tubers on the surface of the compost then cover with another
5 cm of compost. Roll the bag sides down and when the plants have grown a few centimetres
almost cover the plants with another layer of compost and roll the bag sides up
to the level of the compost. Keep repeating this till you reach the top of the bag.
If you keep them well watered you will be able to see the potatoes bulging through
the plastic. Harvest when they are hens egg size or larger.
Beware potatoes do not tolerate frost so take measures to protect them if the weather
forecast indicates a frost.
If you decide to show your potatoes you should select the correct number of even
clean tubers. At our show you only need to have 3 tubers. There is a class for
white and a class for coloured potatoes. Apart from growing good potatoes to start
with, to win you need to have a set of tubers that are nice shallow eyed and as
even and similar in shape as possible