Kestrel is a second early variety of seed potatoes that are very popular due to their versatility, great colour, tremendous taste and resistance to slugs and golden eelworm. Each tuber has a smooth skin with lovely, violet eyes. When they harvest in Summer, they will bring their array of flavour to meals, whether that is by boiling, roasting and creating creamy mashed potato. They can also be grown well in grow bags on the patio with minimal fuss.
Seed potatoes are generally chitted before planting. Anywhere between 2 – 6 weeks before planting is generally the timeframe. Keep the rounded, blunt end of the seed potato facing upwards and under full sun. once the shoots are around 3cm long (1 inch) they can then be moved into their final position in the ground or in potato bags.
Plant in a position with full sun and moist, fertile soil. Susceptible to frost damage so some organic mulch is advised. Mound the soil around the tubers and stems or cover them with a layer of black polythene as they grow to keep them healthy and protected from frost. Water regularly.
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