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Growing potatoes with kids

It's really easy to grow potatoes in bags or containers, and you don't need a big garden or lots of tools to do it. Follow these simple instructions with your children or pupils. You'll soon have a bag or container brimming with tasty spuds! There's a downloadable guide at the bottom of the page you can print out with loads more information on growing your own potatoes.

What you'll need:

  • • Seed potatoes (also called tubers)
  • • Several 8 litre potato bags or containers
  • • Multipurpose compost

Step 1: Get your seed potatoes ready

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  • • Put your seed potatoes in an empty egg box on a sunny windowsill.
  • • Soon little shoots will appear at one end. This end is called the rose.
  • • When the shoots are about 2.5cm long, the seed potatoes are ready to plant.

Step 2: Plant them up

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  • • Fill your potato bag or container with compost.
  • • Carefully push one seed potato down into the compost with the rose end facing upwards. It will need to be at least 15cm deep.
  • • Gently cover the seed potato with compost and give it some water.
  • • Move your bag or container to a warm place where you can keep an eye on it.

Step 3: Look after your crop

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  • • Water regularly - don't let the soil get too dry.
  • • Make sure that the potatoes are always covered by soil as they grow.
  • • When flowers appear, or the leaves start to turn yellow, your potatoes are ready.
  • • Tip the container out and find your spuds!

Suggested varieties:

There's plenty more information in the downloadable guide. Print it out for more detailed instructions and even more handy potato facts!

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growing potatoes with kids pdf

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