6 on Saturday.

When the Chips are Down – Grow Spuds.


As part of my quest to grow enough Potatoes for an entire year I wanted to have a go at growing a few in a container.

I probably have enough land … just, but I am game to try all methods. If nothing else it will be a learning experience.

So I hopped on You Tube to get some info from proper gardeners.

One was from Utah and looked like Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) cousin, another was Welsh and that’s almost as bad as a Manchester United supporter, but he had a fabulous greenhouse, and the third was a young bloke who spoke proper English.

I noted all their excellent tips and went out to The Shed this morning and got cracking …

One large container … woof woof!

A couple of minutes to make drainage holes using my trusty solder iron.

Add a few centimeters of loose soil.

Not the best example of  a seed potato but, just you wait,  it has the makings of a champion!


Place on soil with three of its buddies …. or should that be spuddies?


Cover with another layer of soil to a further depth of two or three centimetres.

And finally … give them a light watering.

In a few weeks if all goes well, little green shoots should appear. When they are approx. 4cm I shall ”earth up” ( cover them with another layer of soil and allow the top leaves to poke through).

Continue with this until the plants have grown to the height of the container. ( one hopes).

I shall, of course, keep you posted on the progress.





  1. Looking forward to the results and your gourmet-chef flair Ark! Thought of all the ways to prepare, present, and consume the taters? 🙂

    Will there be a batch of Reds taters? Your boys are back on top. Those last 2 goals were pretty. I know it was Bournemouth, but Wijnaldum’s goal/touch was gorgeous, and the combo between Firmino and Salah was exquisite! My goodness Klopp has them clicking on all cylinders!

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