Around this time of year we always run out of space in the vegetable garden. But as Lady Nature
would have it.... first early spuds are ready to harvest right now, freeing up much needed room for -
However, instead of throwing the haulm on the compost heap
here's a simple way of getting a second crop.
Step 1: Harvest As Per Usual.
Dig yer spuds.
Clear your rows of potatoes selecting only the healthiest plants for use, burn any that look diseased.
Step 2: Red Duke of York.
I was a bit disappointed with the yield, never mind - I can give them a second chance in pots whilst freeing up much needed planting space. Pot's in pots!
Step 3: Be Careful With These.
Carefully harvest your potatoes taking care not to damage the haulm ( the leaf, stem and roots ) and take care not to break off any of the micro spuds. It's these little potatoes that we usually miss and they then regrow next year right where we don't want them. Transport them to a bucket and we can fatten them up for eating this year.
Step 4: Replant the Haulms.
Grab a large plant pot - 30cm diameter - or any container, here I've used a florists bucket approximately 10 litres, drill out enough drainage holes so as to retain moisture without swamping the plant. You can add a little potato fertiliser if you must, bagged compost is usually rich enough.
Step 5: Water Well.
Give 'em a good soaking, let them recover in the shade for a day and then position in full sun if possible.
Step 6: Second Chance.
Put them on a sunny deck or veranda, a deep windowsill or the front yard, anywhere you have room.
Remember that these spuds are now captive and extra dependent on you for tlc, give them a big drink every day, the black plastic will warm the compost up and those micro spuds will be ready for harvest in a few weeks. Then you can put the haulms in your composter.