It’s always fun (and tasty) to grow a pot or two of new potatoes, particularly if you have kids. First and second earlies are a good choice for containers as they mature fastest, giving delicious new potatoes around July.
I’m growing ‘Arran Pilot’ as I found this grew best in some tests I did, but any first or second early variety will do. I’m growing some in a flower bucket and some in an old ‘bag for life’ with drainage holes cut in the bottom.
I’m use compost that has several years old - so I’m adding some fertiliser (blood fish and bone in this case) and worm compost (not essential) to replenish the nutrients. New compost will probably work even better - but I find they seem to grow quite well in old stuff… we’ll see.
In the bucket I am putting one seed potato, in the bag for life, two.
Here they are in their final position. I’ll keep you updated on how they do
PS be careful not to overwater at this stage… potatoes need lots of water once the plant gets bigger, but if the compost is too wet at this stage the seed potato can rot. It needs to be moist not soggy.