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  • Thompson & Morgan TV 7 years ago

    Hi, compost is decomposed organic matter which can be used for potting up plants and for soil enrichment. Topsoil is the rich upper layer of natural soil in? the garden, composed of minerals, particles of rock and organic matter. We hope this helps!

  • anchorbabydiaperrash 7 years ago

    Hi i’m learning the ropes on gardening …. I’m curious in England do they use the word compost to mean topsoil, black earth, organic earth etc ? I thought in the USA compost meant decomposed organic matter added or sprinkled on the soil and used? to enrich the plants

  • Thompson & Morgan TV 7 years ago

    Hi Jeishun, they should be fine if they’re grown outside in a container in the? sun — just make sure the container has a good thickness to stop light coming through. Seed potatoes should also be planted deeply to prevent tubers forming near the soil surface and becoming exposed to light. If the tubers are too close to the surface you can add more compost around the base of the plant to protect them. We’ve added a link to our ‘How to grow potatoes’ article–please see the video description above.

  • jeishun 7 years ago

    Thanks you so much for your response. Yes that was it, it was? planted in a container outside in direct sunlight. In that case, should potatoes plants be left inside so it wont produce Solanine?

  • Thompson & Morgan TV 7 years ago

    Hi Jeishun, bitterness is caused by the potatoes being exposed to too much light – they produce a toxin called Solanine. Even laying the potatoes in the? sun for a period of time while harvesting can cause the potatoes to become bitter. Eating bitter potatoes in small quantities isn’t harmful though so don’t worry. We hope this helps

  • jeishun 7 years ago

    My mom planted potatoes once and I guess she probably harvested too soon or something because when I cooked and tasted them, they were terrible and very bitter. I thought I was? being poisoned. hahaha, so I guess it wasn’t ready yet huh?

  • Thompson & Morgan TV 7 years ago

    Hi latosa18, we use an ordinary multi-purpose compost to plant up potatoes in containers.? Hope that helps.

  • latosa18 7 years ago

    What goes into? YOUR compost?

  • Thompson & Morgan TV 7 years ago

    It depends on when? you plant them. Harvest potatoes when the foliage turns yellow and dies back.

  • Yung Rawisara 7 years ago

    I’m in Asia. Can I harvest potato at any time of year or? not??? thanks

  • Thompson & Morgan TV 7 years ago

    You top them up each time when the foliage reaches around 6-8 inches above soil level, until? the bag is full. You don’t need to be too precise though – I have forgotten to do it in previous years and ended up filling the bag to the top all in one go and it didn’t seem to affect the crop.

  • dionicia12 7 years ago

    How often do you add the soil? Once every week or every couple of days or? as the plant reaches a certain height each time?

  • Thompson & Morgan TV 7 years ago

    @ng31200 if you have potato tubers, simply plant them 5-7cm deep and 30cm apart in rows 75cm apart. If you have sweet potato ‘slips’ (green shoots) it’s? best to pot them up into module trays or 3 inch (7.5cm) pots to grow on before planting out. When you put your slips into the compost, make sure the length of the stem is buried, leaving only the leaves showing above the surface. Keep them in a warm bright place until ready to plant out. Your potatoes will be ready to harvest in 3 or 4 months!

  • Thompson & Morgan TV 7 years ago

    Hi superkelo1000, if the foliage is limp it may be that your potatoes are too dry.? Make sure you water your potatoes well as they grow. It’s also important to ‘earth up’ your potatoes as they grow by drawing soil halfway up the stems once the shoots are 25cm tall. This gives the plants stability and prevents potatoes at the soil surface from turning green. A very rich soil can cause potatoes to put on a lot of leaf growth making them top heavy. Are there any other symptoms you’ve noticed?

  • Caolfhionn Dowd 7 years ago

    my potatoes are drooping and falling? over what am i doing wrong

  • Thompson & Morgan TV 7 years ago

    If you have particularly large? seed potatoes then they certainly can be cut in half leaving chits on each piece – although you will need to let the cut edges callous over before planting. When you earth up your potatoes it’s ok to cover the whole shoots as they will quickly re-emerge.

  • stemvis1 7 years ago

    if a potato has more than two chits cant you cut this in half and use it as two? different plants? also do you cover the whole thing when the first shoots appear or just up to a certain point?

  • Thompson & Morgan TV 7 years ago

    we agree! There are such a huge variety of potatoes available to the home-grower with varying tastes, shapes and colours. If you’d like to? take a look at the varieties we offer just follow the link in the video description.

  • killerdalek 7 years ago

    One does tend to tire of the limited range of? spuds available in supermarkets. The trouble with this is that the general public consider potatoes to be boring, and not worth growing at home. If only they knew…

  • Thompson & Morgan TV 7 years ago

    Hi killerdalek, depending on the variety of potato you grow you, they will be ready to harvest from 10 to 20 weeks after planting. The amount of crop can vary according to the weather and environment the potatoes are grown? in. The advantages of growing your own potatoes are the amount of varieties that are otherwise unavailable in the supermarkets, often with superior flavours! Growing potatoes in bags also greatly reduces the risk of pests and diseases affecting your crop.

  • killerdalek 7 years ago

    How long does it take to get your money back on this investment??