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Just chitting!

Potatoes. Funny things. You spend a year trying to stop them from sprouting. Then February comes and it’s time to chit the new seed potatoes.

Chitting is the process of encouraging them to sprout. It’s simple enough. They need to be spread out on flat trays or boxes or in empty egg boxes. Then we put them in a light room but not in direct sunlight. The roots and shoots begin to appear over a few weeks prior to planting in April. 

I ordered four varieties about two weeks ago from an organic seed company in the south of Holland. 

Why four? Some people order based on harvest timing. So there are first early, second early and main crop. For example. The intention being to spread out the harvest. 

Me? Harvest timing? No! I order based on colour

This year as ever I have to have purple potatoes. 

These beauties are called Blue Congo. I haven’t tried them before but our usual purple potatoes are a little on the small size so I thought I’d try a different one. 

Their eyes (the part which sprouts) are blue-ish purple already!

We also like red skinned potatoes so we have two types of these. 

Red Emma and Monte Carlo

And finally some standard white potatoes. I think I went for a disease resistant variety called Nicola


8 comments on “Just chitting!

  1. Yay! We’re chitting our potatoes too! My room is full of them 😉 😀


  2. OmniRunner
    March 3, 2015

    I tried potatoes twice without much yield. Is there a secret? Lots of fertilizer?
    We often get a few lbs of potatoes that grow out of the compost pile, so that probably answers my fertilizer question.
    I always see these compost pile potatoes as my little bonus for composting.
    I know it is time to start seedlings, but my shed is snowed in and there is 3′ of snow on the ground. Hard to think about spring planting.

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    • lizard100
      March 3, 2015

      I’m the same. Our spuds vary. Our ground is very poor but we seem to do something right. We add comfrey leaves when we plant them. And add a comfrey tea and worm juice to any watering we do.

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  3. BerLinda
    March 3, 2015

    Mmmm, spuds 🙂

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  5. I have never heard of this technique previously so I have included a link to this in my post today. Thank you for the info.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      March 6, 2015

      Thanks very much I’ll be posting more as they start to sprout.


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