Home Gardening Tips for May and June

A round up of what to do in your Food and Flowers Gardens

May has seen some beautiful weather, the Seed Pantry garden has been bathed in sunshine. However, we are now hoping for rain, a good soaking is just what the plants need! In the meantime we hope your plants have being sufficiently watered and fed too.

Over the last few weeks, we have been doing all we can to help in your gardens by bringing you weekly and monthly tips on what to do in your spaces.

Let’s continue! Here’s what you can do this month in your food and flower gardens 🏡

Flowers 🌼

🌅 As we move further into Spring and Summer is right around the corner, we can start planting Tender Summer Bulbs. As the frosts are most likely behind us, it is safe to start planting bulbs that are frost sensitive such as Gladioli, Dahlias and Bessera elegans. These can now be planted straight outdoors into pots, containers or borders.

🌷 Early Spring flowers will now be wilting and you can start deadheading by pruning spent flowers. Take garden shears and cut off the flower head from the lower stem once it’s finished flowering. Regularly deadheading your flowers will help channel the plant’s energy into creating new flowers rather than creating seeds, resulting in healthy plants and continual blooms.

🌺 Now that the sun is shining more, most of the garden is happily soaking up the rays. However, we imagine most people have areas of their growing space that are shadier and thus under used. These spaces can be enhanced by planting shade-loving plants such as Hostas, Astilbe and Digitalis.

🌻 From June we will be sowing seeds for biennials, and perennial plants that will flower next spring like Primula, Lupins and Foxgloves.

Now is also the time you can buy many other summer bulbs for planting, including Dahlia, Gladioli, Gloriosa, Tigridia, Anenome, Ranunculus and more…sign up to the Seed Pantry Grow Club for monthly boxes to choose.

Food 🥗

🍅Your Chillies, Tomatoes, and Sweet Peppers sown earlier in Spring can be potted on now, either into larger pots in greenhouses, indoors or outdoors in sheltered warm south facing positions.

Make sure to check the variety requirements of your plants though as the very hottest Chillies require warm temperatures of 25°plus to successfully grow, so these should be kept indoors or in a greenhouse.

🌽 There is still time to sow in small pots of courgettes, butternut, pumpkins, sweetcorn, french and runner beans and second sowings of peas and beans to give you a continual supply well into Autumn. Sowing direct in final growing positions is possible or start these in 9cm pots to grow seedlings for planting out later.

🥕 With the warm weather, vegetables are ready to grow outdoors. Beets, carrots and peas can now all be sown directly outside in veg patches.

🥔 Potatoes should be developing well and in May it is important to earth up/mulch potatoes in their patches and pots. Earthing up potatoes will help reduce late frost damage, encourage larger crops and also help prevent tubers from turning green. To do this mound up soil around your potato plants so no tubers are exposed.

🌱 Remember to keep up with Successional sowing of salads. If you sow seeds little and often in batches, it is possible to ensure plants are ready to harvest in succession throughout the growing season and most of the year. This can be done for carrots, salads, beans and more.

That is all, for now, folks – stay tuned to our Instagram account and we will have more tips and reminders next week! 😁

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A Seed Pantry Guide To Growing Hosta Plants

Hosta Plants are in the Grow Club this month. They are one of our most favourite plants to grow and for good reason. Hostas have stunning foliage, great leaf textures, colours and shapes to add interest to any garden spaces in shady areas. Not to mention they are really easy to grow!

Let’s run through what hosta plants are, how you can start growing and caring for them, plus details of the varieties we have this month!

What are Hosta Plants?

Hostas, also called plantain lilies, are shade-tolerant perennials that are extremely hardy and require little maintenance. They originate from East Asia with over 2,500 cultivars produced. These cultivars vary in size, colour and textures making each one a unique growing experience.

Brought to Europe in the 1700s, Hostas are one of the most popular and best-selling perennials in the world today.  Although they are best known for their amazing foliage, they also bloom in the summer with tall spikes and, most often, purple flowers.

How to grow and care for your Seed Pantry Hosta Plants?

Here is our quick guide on how to plant and care for your own Hosta plants!

1. Our Hostas come as bare-root plants, so you can start planting them straight away, directly in borders or containers.  As they do not need as much sunlight as most plants, you can position them in shadier parts of your growing space such as under trees or by fences. This gives you the opportunity to fill darker areas of the garden that may have been left a little bare until now!

2. Plant the roots 5-10cm deep and 50cm apart for the bigger varieties like ‘El Nino’ and to 1.5m apart for giants like ‘Sum and Substance’, and plant with 30cm of spacing for the smaller types like ‘Blue Mouse Ears’. Place the roots downwards with the growing points, or eyes facing up.

3. Cover the plants with compost, add a splash of water and wait for the magic to happen! Hostas like fertile, moisture-retentive soil for the best growing conditions.

4. As the plant grows, keep the soil moist and when we move into the Summer and hot weather, make sure to water daily while they are establishing. Slugs and snails may try to eat your hosta plants. One way you can help with this would be to add a companion plant like Astilbe or plants slugs don’t go for. Astilbe is also in the Grow Club this month! Container growing can help fend off slugs too.

Feeding your plants: Mulch borders annually on fertile soil, for poor soil add general fertiliser and mulch in spring,. For containers add weekly balanced liquid feed while growing/establishing for great foliage.

Hostas are hardy perennial plants that die back in winter and will come back each year in spring, so simply leave them to do their thing!

What Hosta Plants do we have in this month’s Grow Club?

Each plant below has been given the RHS’s – Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Hosta ‘El Nino’ (PBR) (AGM)

These hostas have large variegated leaves that grow to 17cm long. The leaves have clump-forming, blue-green centres with pure white to grey-green-streaked margins! Their flowers are spikes of pale purple bell-shaped, darker striped flowers which are stunning! H. 50cm/80cm wide.

Hosta ‘Fire and Ice’ (AGM)

A favourite from last year, these have striking, variegated, wavy edge foliage with light green with creamy white centres. These grow to be compact and mound-forming with elegant pale lavender flowers. H. 60cm/60cm wide.

Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ (AGM)

Here are the biggies! Big heart-shaped leaves that grow to 50cm long! These are large mound-forming plants with beautiful light green on nicely veined leaves. Sweet dense pale lilac, bell-shaped flowers on stems grow on these too. H. 90cm/1.5m wide.

Hosta ‘Earth Angel’ (PBR) (AGM)

Another big one! These have outstanding blue-green foliage with creamy white margins. From here they form a thick mound of large heart-shaped leaves. They also grow dense racemes of pale lilac, bell-shaped flowers. H. 75cm/1m wide.

Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’ (AGM)

Another stunning hosta plant with ovate, grey-blue to green leaves that grow to 20cm long. It has superb veining, forming a large upright clump. Once again these have bell-shaped pale purple flowers on stems to 1.5m. H. 90cm/150cm wide.

Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ (AGM)

These are just the cutest mini Hosta, can be easily grown in pots and border edges. Smooth blue-green leaves, with adorable mouse ear-shaped! They grow beautiful pale purple bell-shaped flowers on spikes too! H. 30cm/30cm wide.

We have all of these and other amazing plants in the Seed Pantry Grow Club this month, so come and check them out to pick your favourites! 😁

Seed Pantry Team

Home Gardening Tips for March and April

Planting For Food and Flower Gardens This Summer

It is a perfect time to grow food and flowers at home to enjoy your own glorious summer garden, so get out your Seed Pantry seeds and bulbs and start planting!

We want to do everything we can to help, so we’ll be bringing you weekly/monthly tips on what to do, just stay tuned to our Instagram account and this blog!

Here’s what you can do this month in your food and flower gardens 🏡

Flowers 🌼

💐 Now is a great time to start potting up Dahlia tubers. Doing this will help them get a head start and flower sooner for you. Keep frost-free in pots and  plant them out in May where you want them to flower. We have a whole range of dahlias available right now in the Grow Club so come and have a look!

Check out our ‘How to plant and grow Dahlias‘ blog to find out more!

💐 There is still time to sow sweet pea seeds too! Start them in 9cm pots with up to 3 seeds per pot and they will germinate in a few weeks! To help growth, it can be beneficial to pinch out sweet pea grow tips at about 15cm tall. This encourages strong side-branching for flowering.

Now is also the time to buy many other summer bulbs for planting, including Begonias, Nerines, Gladioli, Crocosmia, Tigridia, Anenome, Ranunculus and more…sign up to the Seed Pantry Grow Club for monthly boxes to choose.

Food 🥗

The time is now to start your veg patch and sowing food seeds indoors. You can sow these seeds now on your windowsills to get them started!

🥗 Fruiting vegetables can be started in mini propagators such as tomatoes, peppers, chillies, aubergines. Once these geminate and are around 4 weeks old, they can be potted on into 9cm pots, and then at 15cm tall plant into final positions.

For beetroot, chard, broad beans, peas, leeks, kale and sprouting broccoli, these should be started in trays for planting outside in May.

Need some more help getting started!? Check out our blog ‘How to start growing your own vegetables’ for more!

🥗 For leafy greens, spring onions, pak choi, mustards and mizuna,  you can start sowing these into trays for planting outside later also.

We have another blog helping with these too! Check out ‘Growing Fresh Leafy Green Salads’ for more!

🌿 For herbs like basil, parsley, coriander, chives, these can be started in pots or mini propagators on your windowsills now too. It’s great to have fresh ingredients in arms reach!

Need a hand choosing what herbs to grow? We have a list of our favourites here ‘Top 10 best herbs to start growing’

That is all, for now, folks – stay tuned to our Instagram account and we will have some more tips and reminders next week! 😁

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Staying at home and COVID-19

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Updated 30/03/2020

Hi, We have put together an update from us about your gardens, coronavirus, staying at home and deliveries running as normal.

We are going to make sure everyone has their garden spaces looking great!

With the recent developments around the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we will be working through this period to make sure you can still enjoy your outdoor spaces and have Seed Pantry activity kits and subscriptions to make your garden spaces great!

We have our small team carefully in place and physically distancing, at home and in the warehouse and we will work hard to make sure you have everything you need.

Government advice on staying at home

At Seed Pantry we love to champion the benefits of being in your garden spaces for general health and wellbeing. The Government advice is this: If you feel well enough you can take part in light exercise within your home or garden. See full government update on staying at home here. So now you can indulge in making your garden the best space this summer.

Royal Mail deliveries – running as normal

Royal Mail, our main delivery service, is operating as normal and lots of our packages fit through the letter box too. We also don’t send signed for parcels generally, so no need to answer the door.

Public Health England (PHE) has advised that people receiving parcels are not at risk of contracting the coronavirus. See full Royal Mail update here. If a parcel won’t fit through your letterbox, Royal Mail will place your item at your door and knock on your door, they will then step aside to a safe distance while you retrieve your item securely. If you are unable to get to the door a card will be left advising other ways to get your parcel, for example asking friends or family to collect it on your behalf.

If there is anything else we can help you with, please let us know! 

…and with any further developments, we will keep you updated.

So get out in your garden spaces and enjoy them.

Ready, steady, grow!

We love you and stay safe.

The Seed Pantry team

Contact us: support@seedpantry.co.uk

Growing Fresh Leafy Green Salads

No garden space is complete without the addition of delicious fresh leafy greens. From lettuce to kale, leafy greens come in all colours, shapes, sizes, textures and flavours. They enjoy the cooler early Spring season and so now is the perfect time to grow them!  This is why healthy salads are a key theme in this month’s Seed Pantry Grow Club boxes.

Leafy Greens couldn’t be easier to start growing too! Most can even be grown indoors or outdoors, in small spaces too, so they are perfect for your kitchen gardener no matter what size space you have!

Let’s run through a quick guide on how you can start growing your own healthy Leafy Green Salads!

1) The best way to start your Leafy Greens is indoors now (March). This will avoid any bad weather or late frosts that can kill or damage the plants. Use trays/small pots or composts discs to start the seedlings off.

2) Sow seeds or scatter over a tray with about 8-10cm depth of compost. Sow seeds at around 1cm deep or you can simply add a 1cm layer compost on top of the seeds if easier. Gently water the soil until moist but not too wet (you don’t want to dislodge the seeds with a great torrent!). You can water the base layer first and just add a little to the top 1cm layer after. 

3)  It should take around 7-14 days for the seeds to germinate. After a further 15 days, you can thin the seedlings by removing some of the plants if they are too tightly packed together, this helps remaining plants grow bigger to their full size (you can check spacing guides on seed packets).  Or you can leave them tightly packed for baby leaf salads. After a total of 30-50 days, most leafy greens should be ready to harvest! Fresh crops for the kitchen table!!

4) For lettuce plants, you can cut the leaves you want for a meal, around 2.5cm above the base of the plants with scissors or a sharp knife. Your plants will grow more leaves for you 2 or 3 times. This is known as cut-and-come-again.

From mid-April, you will also be able to sow directly outside into patches or containers. Follow the same steps for indoor planting and they should also germinate in 7-14 days and be ready to harvest from 30 days!

So as you can see, it really is not that hard! Now the question is, what leafy greens should you start planting?! Probably the best place to start would be with lettuce , spinach and rocket as they are an easy and tasty way to start out. From there you can move on to kale, chard, and even oriental style leafy greens!

We have a whole range in the Grow Club this month, so come check them out and start your journey unto the leafy green world! 😁

Seed Pantry Team

How to plant and grow Dahlias

The delights of the Dahlia season are back at Seed Pantry! We cannot be more excited to get these planted. If you need a hand getting your Dahlias started from the Grow Club, here is our grow guide!

When the last frosts are behind us you can go for planting them directly outside in final growing positions – borders or large containers (40cm+ wide). If you plant them early in March, this will help them get a head start and growing, do this in pots around 3 litres in size and keep them frost-free by placing undercover or protected outside. 

How to plant and grow dahlias

1. Generally starting dahlias early should go in containers that you keep frost-free, then plant them out in final positions around mid-May.  Or from May plant them directly where you want them.

2. Plant dahlias with each bunch of tubers generally spread out a little and lying horizontally around 12cm deep, if it’s a tight bunch of tubers simply pop them in at the required depth. Then loosely add general potting compost. You mix in a few handfuls of sand/grit to help with drainage.

3. Cover the tubers, add a splash of water and wait for the magic to happen! Position early plantings outdoors in a frost-free area.  Transplant the early plantings in May to final growing positions in borders or containers.

4. Dahlias can be tall plants with large flowers, at 1m+, some support or stakes may be needed to avoid them toppling over. They need watering regularly during dry summers, every 2/3 days. You can also add a liquid fertiliser every 2 weeks for top-notch flowers that keep on blooming all summer (tomato feed).

Seed Pantry Team

Gifts for Mother’s Day!

March heralds the start of Spring but it also brings Mother’s Day! The time of year where we show our appreciation for the mothers and mums in our lives, so let us make sure we spoil them!

At Seed Pantry we want to offer you a more sustainable choice with the Gift of growing, instead of the standard bunch of flowers that wilts after a week. These flowers will last all summer and autumn and grow again next year! So why not ditch the bouquet and go for the wonderful, nature-inspired, Seed Pantry experience instead!

Seed Pantry Mother’s Day Gift Mixes

Mother’s Day – With Love Mix

Flowers for Mother’s day?…absolutely, but this year help her grow her own! We have created 2 extra special bumper boxes with a range of amazing flowers for a special Mother’s Day treat!

Mother’s Day – Love You Mix

These Seed Pantry curated boxes are filled with Dahlias, Gladioli, Begonias  and more! Beautifully put together to create the most amazing garden displays. Each one has a different range of flowers available. Cut flowers can last only a few days so why not get amazing displays that last all summer and autumn! We can even add a personalised gift note to your box. See more here:

Mother’s Day – With Love Mix: £18

Mother’s Day – Love You Mix: £30

Seed Pantry Monthly Gift Subscription

If your mum loves growing food and flowers the perfect gift alternative would also be our Grow Club Gift Subscription for £39 for 3 months. Monthly personalised discovery boxes delivered at the right time to grow each month.

Gift recipients will always be on top of what to do in their garden along with gaining knowledge and expertise as they go. Instead of just one gift for Mother’s Day, you can give one every month of the year!

Price: 3 months £39, 6 months for £78 and 12 months for £156

 

Enjoy giving!

Lots of love

The Seed Pantry team

Top 10 best herbs to start growing

At Seed Pantry we believe one of the best places to start growing your own food is with the flavour sensation of herbs and spices! They are easy to grow, care for, and produce lots of ingredients for cooking with.

Most herbs produce wonderful flowers too that bees and other pollinators absolutely love. This will help create your own eco-garden for pollinating your crops and for conservation purposes that help bees to survive.

There are many herbs to choose from,  so where do you start!?  Well, below we have put together our top 10 Seed Pantry favourites to grow, to eat!

Basil

Why we love it: Basil is such a great herb, it comes in many varieties and is most well know for cooking Italian food dishes. From classic Genovese basil to lemon basil and Thia Basil for an Asian cuisine twist. Basil plants are from the mint family and are used for adding sweet flavours to dishes and deserts!. Our favourite of which is Basil ‘Rubin’, which is a dark purple variety that is stunning but also delicious!

Health benefits: Basil is great for aiding with digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties too. It is also great for supporting liver function, studies have shown it helps boost neurotransmitters and aid hormones to fight depression!

Rosemary

Why we love it: Rosemary is such a tasty herb and it couldn’t be easier to grow! Get some seeds started and in no time you will have bushes of the stuff! The yield of the plant is one of the reasons it is so great. One plant can produce more than enough herbs for year round use. Add to Italian dishes and roasted potatoes, they are just superb!

Health benefits:  Rosemary is rich in antioxidants which helps boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. research has also shown that the aroma of rosemary can help with concentration as well as enhance memory and mood. Rosemary oil is also used to help prevent hair loss!

Thyme

Why we love it: Thyme is another sensational aromatic herb which lends itself to many forms of culinary use. Its unique flavour aids itself to all kinds of dishes, not to mention it is loaded with vitamin C and A!  Our Broadleaf Thyme even grows little pink flowers that bees love! It is perfect when mixed with garlic or lemon for roasted dishes.

Health benefits:  Thyme is packed full of Vitamin A and C. It also has Thymol, which is a compound that has been shown to fight infectious bacteria.

Parsley

Why we love it: This Mediterranean herb is a staple of stews and one pot dishes. Its mildly bitter taste actually helps balance other flavours. Because of this, it is excellent for creating sauces such as pesto and chimichurri! Our Parsley ‘Italian Giant’ as a slightly sweeter taste so makes for a perfect starting point!

Health benefits:  Parsley is very high in vitamin K which is important for bone health and for healing wounds. On top of this, parsley contains Lutein, beta carotene, and zeaxanthin which are carotenoids that help protect your eyes and aid eye health!

Coriander

Why we love it: Coriander is probably the most polarising herb out there, with many loving it and others hating it. We sit in the first camp, and cannot imagine ever making any Asian food dish without it! They are really quick and easy to grow too and the whole of the plant is edible. Our coriander ‘Confetti’ has very interesting unique foliage but with classic coriander taste! Finley chopped and sprinkling into a curry is just a dream!

Health benefits:   Coriander is good for diabetes as It can stimulate the insulin secretion and lower the blood sugar levels. On top of this, they are rich in antioxidants and as well as having skin health aiding qualities.

Lemon Grass

Why we love it:  The next herb on our list is a staple of Asian cuisine, However many do not know its uses in western dishes. its citrus lemon flavour lends itself to all kinds of dishes and deserts. It’s amazing with Thai curries and soups but also cooked with meats to give them a zesty flavour.  Lemon Grass can even be used to make delicious teas!

Health benefits:   Lemongrass has been shown to help relax the body and relieve anxiety with its aroma and taste. Digestion of lemongrass has been seen to decrease fungal diseases as well. Lemongrass tea has been shown to help alleviate the body from sensing pain!

Sage

Why we love it:  Another Mediterranean classic herb, with a slightly bitter taste but with citrusy notes as well. It is perfectly paired with rosemary, marjoram and thyme for stuffings but It can be used for so much more! It is amazing in French and Italian food dishes and complements garlic and lemon very well too!

Health benefits:   Studies have shown sage helps fight bacteria that creates dental plaque, making it useful for dental health. There have even been mouthwashes made from sage for this purpose! On top of this, they are absolutely filled with antioxidants, that help neutralize potentially harmful free radicals that are linked to chronic diseases.

Chives

Why we love it:  Chive leaves are just delicious when finely chopped and added to dishes. It pairs particularly well with potatoes and garlic. The taste is between onions, leeks and garlic making it easy to add to many styles of cuisine. Like most the herbs on this list, they require very low maintenance.

Health benefits:   Chives contains an abundance of Vitamin A,  which helps aid the immune system and reproduction. They also contain allicin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol as well as blood pressure to help blood flowing properly and thus protecting the heart!

Mint

Why we love it:  Probably the most well known of the herbs as it is used all over the world in what seems like every kind of food and drink! From cooked food, teas to ice cream, mint can be added to almost anything! Add to drinks to make an amazing cocktail or even baked into cakes.

Health benefits:  Mint contains the essential oil Menthol, which has been hailed as a great natural pain relief for colds, upset stomach and indigestion. Menthol is a natural aromatic decongestant that helps to break up phlegm and mucus, making it easier to remove from the body. on top of this, it is loaded with Vitamin A which aids the immune system.

Marjoram

Why we love it:  Finally we have Marjoram,  which has a sweet and floral taste. Often mixed up with oregano, however, it is its own unique herb with it’s own unique delicate taste. It is at its best when cooking with meats like pork, chicken and turkey.

Health benefits: This aromatic herb can help to aid digestion but also help with heartburn and indigestion. On top of this, marjoram is a great antiseptic and can help fight against common illnesses such as food poisoning, common cold and even malaria!

 

The fresher, the better with herbs! We have a whole range of different herbs you can grow today at Seed Pantry, so make sure to come and check them out!

Need a gift? – We also have our amazing Herb Seeds Starter Pack. This is packed full of all you’ll need to start growing your own delicious organic herbs at home in an eco-friendly way.

Seed Pantry Team.

Make the most of your Growing Space with Vertical Gardening!

Making the most of our growing spaces is a big part of gardening, so it’s no surprise that growing vertically is a new gardening trend for 2020.  This is perfect for smaller growing spaces like patios, balconies and even indoor gardens.

Growing vertically isn’t just a good way to make the most of your space, it can also be an easier and more fun way to manage your plants! So we have come up with a few ways you can start gardening vertically today!

Vertical Vegetable Gardens

A common misconception when growing vegetables is that they need to be grown in the ground with a lot of space. This isn’t the case however and a lot of vegetables can be grown in smaller spaces quite easily!

If you have not got enough space in your garden to grow in the ground, try growing vertically. There are a lot of ways to do this, such as wooden tray shelvings, pods and pots that can be attached to walls and many more. We have seen many people take the DIY approach also making vertical growing spaces out of wooden pallets and recyclable plastic bottles, so get creative!

Herbs, quick crops and leafy greens are great vegetables to use for this as they do not require that much soil and space to grow!

Indoor Herb Wall

Why not make the most of your indoor space too! Having homegrown herbs handy in the kitchen will make cooking fresher and much more convenient! if you don’t have space in the kitchen, try to grow some in another sunny room in your home.

By using windowsills and ledges around windows you can set up and grow plenty of plants! If you have a conservatory, you can move shelving towards the light and plant a whole row of herbs and food plants. If you don’t have enough light, you could use a hydroponic kit like our Grow Pod 2. Set one these on your kitchen window sill and you be growing all kinds of herbs, fruits and vegetables in no time at all!

You can grow all types of herbs indoors such as basil, coriander and parsley. We have a wide range of great herbs you can start growing indoors in the Grow Club this month, so have a look at those too!

Hanging Baskets Flower Displays

Hanging baskets are always a brilliant way to get more flowers into your growing space without using floor space! They are also a great way to make unique and beautiful displays.

With the use of hanging pots or containers, you can hang flowers from walls, balconies or fences in your growing space. Fill them with a dazzling array of colours and flowers and you will be able to create unique displays that sit above the rest of your growing space!

One of the best flowers to do this with are begonia and viola flowers, which both just love to cascade down from baskets creating gorgeous and intriguing displays!

We have a great range of Begonia flowers in the Grow Club this month, so come have a look and plan your hanging basket displays now!

 

Seed Pantry Team

 

How to Chit and Grow Potatoes in containers

A good spud, nothing quite beats it, a staple food appearing on dinner plates across the land! We can’t wait to grow potatoes this year! Luckily they are in the Grow Club this month! But how do you get them started?!

We have put together this guide to help you to grow your own potatoes!

What is Chitting I hear you say!? First of all, once you have bought your seed potatoes (it’s best to buy them so you know what you are growing and that they are disease-free)  you can start chitting them on your window sills. Chitting is the process of getting your seed potatoes to sprout before planting them. While it is not absolutely necessary to grow your potatoes, it does help them develop quicker once planted, it will speed up the sprouting process by giving them plenty of light and warmth resulting in an earlier and slightly better harvest.

1)  To start chitting your potatoes, we recommend putting them into egg boxes with the rose end facing upwards.

Place the egg box onto a windowsill indoors where they will get plenty of light and also are kept warm and dry.

2)  Wait till the potatoes start to grow green shoots while hopefully the weather gets warmer and the frosts come to an end.  After this, you will be able to start planting the potatoes.

3)  Now we can plant the potatoes!  Spread 15cm of potting compost to the bottom of a container. Evenly space 3 or 4 (max) seed potatoes with their green shoots facing upwards. After this, cover the seed potatoes with another 15cm layer of compost.

4) When the foliage shows through the compost, allow it to grow to around 20cm high, then cover with another 15cm of compost leaving 5cm showing. (Repeat until the container is full.)

5) Potatoes in bags and containers require plenty of water particularly during dry weather so make sure to keep the soil moist and water regularly.  You can add a general liquid feed once a week to boost production.

Time to harvest

From June you can begin to harvest your tasty potatoes. A good way to see that your potatoes are ready to harvest is to look out for signs from the foliage. For the early crops,  wait until flowers grow and then drop off before harvesting. For main crops, wait until the foliage starts to yellow. Once this happens, cut the foliage back and wait a few more days before harvesting.

Seed Potatoes planted during March/April.

  • 1st early crops take 10-14 weeks – harvest from June onwards.
  • 2nd early crops take 14-16 weeks – harvest from late June onwards.
  • Main crop take 16-22 weeks – harvest from July to October.
  • Salads potatoes treat as 2nd early types.

We have a range of quality seed potatoes at Seed Pantry, so come check them out and get some spuds growing at your home too!

Enjoy 🙂

Seed Pantry Team