First Early Potatoes in the Polytunnel

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.

Buried potatoes on either side of the peas.
Buried potatoes on either side of the peas.

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.

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