Posts Tagged ‘Potatoes’

The Schools Competition theme is ‘Vegetable Planting’ and we have lots of goodies to give away.

Spring is in the air, the plants in the garden are coming back to life, the wildlife is becoming active and hopefully the worst of the weather is behind us. Now is an ideal time to start planting.

PolyPot Grow Bags

For this months competition we are giving away some brilliant planting kits and a selection of vegetables to grow, which will get your school garden off to a great start.

Garlic Bulbs

Growing potatoes is something that every child enjoys from delving in the lovely moist compost to plant the seed potatoes to looking for ‘treasure’ at harvest time. Rhubarb is an easy plant to grow and maintain and available in different varieties, we have included two varieties here so that you can compare them. Garlic is another easy plant to grow and all the more interesting as it’s the main ingredient of everybody’s favourite Garlic Bread.

To enter all you need to do is to find three signs of spring where you are and then tell us what they are as well as what is your favourite thing about spring, be imaginative it could be something that happens, or something that you do, as well as a plant, bird or animal.
So hurry, hurry, hurry as the competition ends on 31st March 2012, get your entry in to us as soon as possible for a chance to win: 

Rhubarb Timperley Early

So get out there ‘Spring Spotting’ as entries need to be in by 31st March 2012. For entry details and your entry form click here.

The Family Competition theme is ‘Seed Sowing’ and we have some great prizes up for grabs.

Spring is finally here and there are plenty of jobs to do in the garden, things to plant and seeds to grow. Lots of seeds can be started off on your windowsill and an ideal way to grow them is in a Mini Propagator especially if the weather outside is cold or wet.

Mini Propagator Seed Growing Kit

To win some great garden goodies all you need to do is to
and then tell us all about it or send in a photograph or a drawing
Growbox Childrens Flower Garden
The winning entry will receive:
Gardener's Apprentice Hand Trowel
Kid's Traditional Watering Can
So get planning, sowing and growing as entries need to be in by 31st May 2012. For entry details and your entry form click here.

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It has come to my attention that this week is National Chip Week 20th – 26th February and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the humble potato. Whether they are fat, thin, crinkly or wedged we just can’t get enough of them. Did you know that you would need the area of Wembley Stadium to grow all the chips that we British eat every year. A quarter of all potatoes grown in Britain become chips, that’s about 1.5 million tonnes each year or roughly the same weight as 125,000 full double decker buses.

Why not grow your own chips?

There is nothing more satisfying than eating your favourite food that you have grown yourself, and now is the ideal time to get started. The easiest way to grow them especially if you are limited for space i.e. you have a small garden or patio or live in a flat is to plant them in growing bags. These bags are ideal because they can be positioned anywhere, are easy to move, look attractive,  are reusable, give protection from slugs and make harvesting easy.

Potato Growing Kit

Once you get your ‘seed’ potatoes put them into egg trays/boxes with the ‘rose’ end upwards this is where you might see tiny shoots or the ‘belly button’ end facing downwards and place them in a frost-free light (not sunny) room. When the shoots are about 1 inch they are ready to plant. Half fill the growing bag with compost and plant your seed potatoes about 4 inches deep and water well, as the plants grow add more compost covering the leaves and repeat this until you reach the top. Position the bag somewhere sunny and sheltered and as a guide they are ready to harvest after they have flowered. Potatoes need to be kept well watered but not soggy. Varieties suitable for chips are Kestrel a second early, plant out in the bags early to mid April and The Bishop a maincrop, plant in mid to late April.

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