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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Growing Potatoes for The First Time -Buying Seed Potatoes - check out the different varieties and types before you order

If this is your first year for growing your own potatoes you will need to make your decision promptly about which ones to grow if you have not already bought or ordered them.

Potatoes come in different types - basically this is to do with when they are planted and also what type of potatoes you like to eat.

The when to plant bit -  

  • A First Early potato will go in first the ground earlier (first before main crops etc. ) and are harvested earlier.
  • Second early or second earlies get their turn next.
  • Main crops go in the ground later and stay in the ground for longer.
That is a basic summary to keep it simple.

Next decision is about the type of potato you want to eat ? - So on your plate do you prefer -

  • A waxy potato such as the ones that go well with meals like salads.
  • A salad potato.
  • A floury potato.
Red or white skinned potatoes?

Any special things to consider like - 
  • Soil conditions for your growing area. 
  • Diseases that you know you might have potato problems with.  
  • Do you need 'slug resistant' potatoes?
  • Or 'blight resistant' ones. 
If you know blight is a problem most years in your area then first earlies spend less time in the ground so cut the risk a bit as well as resistant varieties being on sale.

Hope that helps you and do n't forget to save the egg boxes to chit the potatoes in.


a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote