Backyard centre hosts free gardening workshops on rising potatoes

GARDEN centre retailer Dobbies is encouraging gardeners of all talents and ages to provide rising their very own spuds a go this yr at its free in-store workshops on potatoes.

Potatoes are crucial meals crop globally after rice, wheat and corn, and have been named by YouGov as the preferred vegetable on the finish of 2023.

Develop How, a 15-minute interactive how-to session the place gardeners of all talents can have the chance to be taught from Dobbies’ horticultural specialists is going down in 70 shops at 10:30am on Saturday 3 February.

Little Seedlings Membership, designed for kids aged 4-10 years outdated, is going down the morning of Sunday 4 February throughout 68 shops, spotlighting this humble vegetable.

Workshop on growing potatoes
Dobbies hopes its workshops will present potential future gardeners the variability that potatoes can present

Dobbies’ Develop How periods encourage native communities close to its shops to provide gardening a go, whether or not you’re a novice, seasoned gardener or fanatic.

Attendees can go to the demonstration part of the shop, the place Dobbies’ specialists will share data on the various kinds of potato varieties, and reveal ideas comparable to ‘chitting’.

They may also share recommendation on tips on how to look after and defend your crop, alongside gardening ideas to make sure a profitable potato harvest.

Dobbies’ Little Seedlings Membership is designed to teach and encourage the subsequent technology of gardeners, getting kids of all ages collectively in a pleasant group setting to be taught one thing new.

February’s session will unveil the historical past of the spud and totally different elements of the vegetable.

Kids may also achieve an understanding of how they develop, what it’s essential to assist them thrive, when it’s finest to sow or know when it’s time to reap.

They may also achieve an perception into ‘chitting’ to provide spuds a head begin, and the varieties that may be grown – from crimson potatoes, yellow potatoes, brown potatoes to even purple potatoes.

Along with this, kids will find out how potatoes are loved from totally different international locations and cultures across the globe.

Dobbies’ Plant Purchaser, Nigel Lawton, tells us why this versatile vegetable is without doubt one of the best to develop at residence.

Nigel stated: “From Maris Piper to Potato Charlotte, there may be all kinds of potatoes to select from which you can develop for your self at residence.

“All you want is a potato sack or tub, crammed with 1 / 4 of excellent high quality peat-free compost, three seed potatoes evenly spaced on high of the soil lined with one other layer of compost.”

He went on: “Then water usually to maintain the compost moist. Your potatoes will probably be able to be harvested after 12 weeks.”