This weekend I have planted some first early potatoes in the polytunnel. These are the potatoes that I began chitting back in January. They should provide us with the first of our homegrown potatoes from late April or early May. Once the shoots break ground in a month or so I will have to make sure I protect them against any frosts and then I will earth them up using topsoil that we will dig up during our creation of a planned wildlife pond in the back corner of the garden behind the polytunnel.
To plant the potatoes I first dug trenches and filled them with grass and leaves we raked up in the autumn. I planted the chitted potatoes with their shoots upwards and mounded soil on top of them.
There are two short rows of first early potatoes in the centre bed, with a row of peas between them as a helpful companion crop. Both peas and potatoes will be cleared out in time to plant pumpkins and cucumbers when the weather warms up.