I bought some onion sets today as i tried to grow onions from seeds last year and failed.
Onion sets are little baby onions that you plant and they grow into bigger onions, it really couldn’t be easier.
Popped into town yesterday to do a bit of shopping and nipped into wilkinsons, this is where i usually get my potato seeds form as they are cheap and usually good quality.
The idea with seed potatoes is that you buy them then put them somewhere cool and light to “chit”. Chitting is the process of allowing the seed to sprout (like if you leave shop bought spuds in a cupboard for too long)
Once chitted they are ready for planting in Feb/March dependingon the variety.
I bought 3 types yesterday and will try to get one more next week.
the ones i bought were:
The 2nd earlies make good new potatoes and salad potatoes and are ready earlier than maincrop (hence their name) so in order to have some nice fresh spuds earlier i will also be getting some first earlies which will be ready even sooner.
Ill be planting them in a different part of the garden to last year as its not good practice to grow the same crop in the same place year after year.
I will also be growing some in tubs and compost bags as these can be hidden out of the way and make use of space that would otherwise be wasted.
If you want to try growing spuds and don’t have a garden then growing in tubs or bags is an idea way to get started, wilko’s even do a kit now that gives you everything you need to get growing on your patio or path.
Wilkinsons high street store is a fantastic source of chilli and veg growing equipment and seeds.
I popped in yesterday to buy my spuds and onions for this year and they had a great array of ready to grow sets ranging from herbs and spices to chillis and peppers then to carrot and spud bags.
The things that caught my eye were the grow your own spuds in a bag and grow your own carrots in a bag, they looked like an ideal way to get started with growing veg, especially if you don’t have much space or have a patio.
They weren’t cheap at £8 each for the spuds and carrots packs but they did look really cool.
They also had some silver chilli pouches for £3 which you cut open, water and watch the chillis grow, ideal for windowsills or conservatories.
I resisted buying any of the kits as I’ve got plenty of pots and bags to grow stuff in but thought i’d give them a shout as I’m sure people will be interested.