We have a brand new home that needs some serious love - especially the garden. Thankfully we got Tony on the case right away!
For his very first Kiwi Living home garden project, Tony thought a vegetable garden to be the perfect starting point, and found the best plants to get in the ground including spuds that will be ready in time for Christmas!
Before getting the vegetable garden ready, Tony also set about creating a gorgeous natural-looking pathway. This is a cost-effective option to concrete or pavers and is permeable so you don't have to worry about additional drainage.
Potatoes are a staple anyone can grow if you follow a few basic steps.
- Plant somewhere where there's all-day sun.
- A bag of seed potatoes is really cost effective and can produce between 15 - 20kgs of potatoes, making it a very economical option for Christmas.
- There are loads of different potato varieties available so choose one that suits the style of cooking your prefer.
- Sprout seed potatoes in trays in August (it takes roughly a month).
- Only choose certified seed potatoes which are guaranteed to perform and certified against disease.
- Lie the potatoes flat on a tray or box in a dry airy spot away from direct sunlight.
- Small green shoots will appear and once they are about a finger length they are ready to plant out.
- Sprinkle Tui Potato Food in the furrows.
- Plant with the shoots facing upwards.
- Placing potatoes in rows about 30-40cm apart.
- Cover with up to 50mm of soil.
- Continue mounding your potatoes with Tui Vegetable Mix as shoots grow, until they are approximately 300mm tall. This protects them from wind and frost, prevents light reaching tubers and turning them green, and encourages the plant to work harder and produce a larger crop.
- Water is a key component to a tasty, bountiful crop. Keep plants well watered but not water logged through the growing season.
- Feed your plants and they will feed you. Replenishing nutrients used by your plants ensures they will grow to their full potential. Feed every three to four weeks during key growth periods. Use Tui Potato Food, which contains high levels of phosphorus and potassium to.
- Well watered, well-nourished potatoes will have a better chance of keeping insect pests and diseases at bay.
Harvest once plants flower or die down (most potato crops take about three months to grow from planting.)
More on this project:
The following Tui products were used in this project:
- Tui Summer Delight Seed Potatoes
- Tui Potato Food
- Tui Vegetable Mix
- Tui Super Sheep Pellets
- Tui Compost
Special thanks to...
Our talented gardening guru Tony had a little help with this week's project. Special thanks to the teams that helped out: