Not a primary school?

Due to changes in the Grow Your Own Potatoes project , we are unable to supply kits to bodies not teaching to the KS1 & 2  curriculum, including home educators, childminders, brownies, scout packs and other similar organisations.

With your help the children in your care could still learn all about potatoes by following the key dates and information below:

Get Prepared

Seed potatoes - these are relatively inexpensive and once ‘chitted’ will grow in pretty much anything. Head to your local garden centre to find a variety that your children would enjoy growing. We recommend you have 3 seed potatoes per bag or bucket

Grow bags - If you still have your bags from last year’s project could be recycled and used again or they can be bought at the following outlets, just search potato grow bags or visit Amazon or In the Garden Shed

Egg box - this is to help chit your potatoes

Soil or Compost - we recommend half fill for potato grow bag or bucket to produce a healthy crop.


20 February 2018: Chitting

This is where potato tubers are put in warm, bright lighting to form short, tough sprouts that can be planted in the soil for fast healthy growth. Place the egg box indoors, ideally on a window ledge where there is plenty of sunlight for the potato to start forming sprouts.


Duration - Two weeks





6 March 2018: Planting

Time to plant your chitted seed. Half fill your container* or grow bag with compost, 
Place your seed potatoes in the soil with the sprouts facing upwards as shown - then fill the container with compost again almost to the top and pat down.
Lightly water in the soil if it's too dry and place somewhere accessible to sunlight. The ideal temperature for growing your potatoes is 10 - 15°C. The bags may also need to be kept indoors overnight when a frost is expected.

First worksheets for planting are here.

*If you are using a bucket, make sure you have small drainage holes in the bottom before.


Growing

The potato dates back thousands of years and is no surprise that it is still loved across the world today.

There are lots of different varieties and they couldn't be easier to grow. From the date that your potatoes are planted, they can be harvested ready to eat 14 weeks later.

Shoots should start to appear above the soil at around week 4 so at  this point make sure your potatoes are getting enough sunlight as possible and the soil is well watered.             


Find your growing worksheets are here.

Duration
: 14 weeks





12 June 2018: Harvesting

14 weeks on, your potatoes should be ready for harvesting - here's some ideas that make harvesting easy.

  • Harvest onto plastic sheets so that soil can be removed easily.
  • As you tip up your container, keep hold of the potato stem(s) to keep most of the   potatoes together.
  • Have a bowl ready to put the potatoes in and get the children to guess and count how many potatoes there will be.
  • Keep your containers ready for next years project!

After your harvest use these worksheets to educate the children you look after about healthy eating and cooking potatoes.

 

Quite often you might expect a few problems with growing your potatoes so here is some useful tips to help with those common problems

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