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Planning your winter harvest, beginning with potatoes
The preparation for autumn and winter begins now by figuring what summer seeds you need to sow for those autumnal crops. Kale, cabbage, sprouts, and spinach are all on the list, as well as potatoes for Christmas – yes, Christmas dinners are thought about in July! Christmas potatoes can be grown in a compost bag or large pot by filling it half way with compost and placing a few potato seeds inside – Duke of York is one we grow at Heligan which is a great heritage winter potato.
You need to just about cover the potatoes and water well to soak the compost – don’t forget to add a few drainage holes at the bottom of the compost bag. When the shoots begin to appear, cover again with more compost – keep doing this until the bag/pot is full – when foliage dies down leave the potatoes in the bag and they will keep until Christmas dinners are ready!