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.
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.
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.