How to Grow New Potatoes for Christmas Lunch

When the crackers are about to be pulled and the turkey is ready to be sliced, any trimmings tend to have a minor role in the proceedings. This Christmas why don't you impress your guests with home grown new potatoes, straight from your garden.

Created by Martyn Loach on Monday, 15th of September, 2014.
Updated on Tuesday, 17th of February, 2015.


How to Grow New Potatoes for Christmas Lunch

If you start the process now, you can have your own new potatoes on the table, perhaps together with sprouts from the allotment, without a great deal of effort.

Which Ones To Buy

Either keep seed potatoes that haven't been planted in the spring or source them from a reliable supplier. First or second earlies, perhaps Arran Pilot, are best since they mature quickly. 

Chitting isn't essential if the weather is still warm, they are ready to plant straightaway in potato bags or large pots.

Potato Bags

If you are using a potato bag, fill with a good quality multi-purpose compost to about 10ins (25cm) depth. Place three / four tubers on top and add a further layer of compost before steadily 'earthing up' with further compost as the plants grow.

Water and place in a bright, frost free position. Feed every fortnight with a potato fertilizer. 

Keep an eye on the weather forecast and probably at the end of September, certainly before the first frost, bring them inside. 

They'll continue to grow until ready for harvesting on 25 December.

Related Articles

Poinsettias Now Available From Our Garden Centre

Poinsettias Now Available From Our Garden Centre

With Christmas rapidly approaching, our New Oscott Garden Centre has just taken delivery of that most seasonal of plants – the Poinsettia. These are David Hall's tips on to how to keep these beautiful plants at their colourful best.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 8th of December, 2016.

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Hospice

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Hospice

Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 7th of December, 2016.

Novelty Indoor Illuminated Christmas Decorations

Novelty Indoor Illuminated Christmas Decorations

In the past Christmas decorations were limited to streamers and fairy lights, but not any more as Robert Hall discovered when reviewing the huge range of novelty Christmas items that are brought to life by LEDs.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Monday, 28th of November, 2016.

Create An Outdoor Christmas Lighting Display

Create An Outdoor Christmas Lighting Display

Whether contemporary or traditional, Outdoor Christmas Lighting adds a magical dimension to everyone's celebrations. With modern technology, Nathan James Dodd suggests that there's a huge choice of lighting and brilliant effects to satisfy even the most vivid imagination.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 15th of December, 2015.

comments powered by Disqus

RSS

View RSS Feed

Author

Martyn Loach

Editor in Chief

View Profile

Follow Us!

Recent Articles

Poinsettias Now Available From Our Garden Centre

Poinsettias Now Available From Our Garden Centre

With Christmas rapidly approaching, our New Oscott Garden Centre has just taken delivery of that most seasonal of plants – the Poinsettia. These are David Hall's tips on to how to keep these beautiful plants at their colourful best.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 8th of December, 2016.

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Hospice

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Hospice

Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 7th of December, 2016.

How To Choose A Real Christmas Tree

How To Choose A Real Christmas Tree

Many people believe that Christmas would not have the same festive feel without the scent of a 'real' Christmas tree. They're naturally fresh, giving off a lovely aroma, and here Martyn Loach gives advice on which ones to buy..

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 6th of December, 2016.

Premier Christmas Lights

Premier Christmas Lights

There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Monday, 28th of November, 2016.