With summer still in full swing the last thing on our minds is Christmas dinner, but if you want to enjoy some homegrown potatoes this year, now is the time to start them off.
Roasted, mashed or simply boiled, spuds are one of the stars of the festive dinner table and there is still time to plant new potatoes, that are easy to grow and require little frost protection.
Linda Lane, managing director of Griffin Glasshouses, explains: “Start the chitting process in the greenhouse in August and then plant the seed potatoes in large pots or bags with extra drainage holes.
“It is best to keep them inside the greenhouse but don’t turn the heating on, keep an eye on the weather for frost though, by the time the cold weather arrives your potatoes should have fully formed tubers so will be absolutely fine when the temperature dips, just ensure you have some horticultural fleece to hand to wrap the container up in for extra protection in really cold spells.
“Finally, make sure you water your potatoes regularly. We encourage our customers to harvest rainwater by installing troughs, that can be placed under benching to store the water collected by our glasshouse guttering. This is a much more sustainable option that using water from the mains, plus it is untreated and always at the right temperature for plants. Alternatively, if you have an electricity supply in your greenhouse, you may opt to use an electric pump with either an automated irrigation system or a manual hose and lance.
“Impress your friends and family on Christmas Day by serving your very own tasty home-grown potatoes at the big meal.”
Griffin Glasshouses are made using the highest quality materials and can be made completely bespoke. Each glasshouse carries a lifetime structural guarantee giving customers the added reassurance of quality.
To find out more about the company’s greenhouse collections and bespoke services visit www.griffinglasshouses.com or call 01962 772512.