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GardenersDream Nadine - Seed Potatoes (First Earlies)

Supplied as a 2.5Kg Bag of Seed Potatoes
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  • RRP £13.99
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  • Grow your Own Nadine Potatoes: One of the most successful and high yielding varieties in the UK. Nadine produces round, waxy tubers with white skin and cream flesh, and is very popular in supermarkets.
  • First Earlies: First early varieties are known for producing smaller crops, with good resistance to pests. They are most commonly boiled, steamed or sauteed and are also a popular choice for salads, due to their sweeter taste.
  • How to Grow: First Early potatoes can be grown from late February/early March onwards and greatly benefit from 'chitting'. Plant in a position with plenty of sun, in a well-drained, fertile soil and water regularly, unless there is ample rainfall. Avoid planting potatoes in the same plot as the previous year.
  • Harvest Instructions: Ready to harvest 10-12 weeks after planting. Cut off any growth above ground level, two weeks before lifting, to encourage stronger skin.

One of the most successful and high yielding varieties in the UK, Nadine produces round, waxy tubers with white skin and cream flesh, and is very popular in supermarkets. First Earlies, sometimes known as 'new potatoes', reach maturity earlier than other groups of potatoes, as the name may suggest. These crops are ready to be lifted around 10 to 14 weeks after planting and should be cooked as soon as possible, to keep their fresh taste.

First early potatoes benefit greatly from ‘chitting’ before planting, which encourages the seed potatoes to develop sprouts before planting. Chitting promotes the growth of strong shoots and heavy crops, giving your potatoes the best possible start. Start chitting around 6 weeks before you plan on planting your potatoes, by setting them out in seed trays, empty egg cartons or shallow boxes, on a cool, bright windowsill. Place the blunter end, the one with ‘eyes’, face up and allow the chits to grow to around 25mm.

You should begin to plant your potatoes once the soil has started to warm up. Start by digging a trench around 10cm deep and add a small amount of fertiliser. Plant in a position with plenty of sun and water regularly unless there is ample rainfall. Plant the early potatoes about 30cm apart, with 40cm between rows, and place your potato tubers into the trench, with shoots pointing upwards. Cover the potatoes lightly with soil and when shoots begin to appear, cover the plant with a ridge of soil so the shoot is just buried. Two weeks before you lift the crops, cut any growth off at ground level. This will strengthen the skin of the potatoes, making them easier to lift.

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