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You cannot keep them as NEW potatoes, but we are still eating the last of our second earlies from last year as 'old' potatoes. Stored in a cool dark, frost free place in a hessian sack, we have no trouble with keeping them to the extent that we no longer grow main crop at all. That way we avoid blight as the pots are out before the main blight season.
You can grow potatoes in containers, indoors for cropping at Xmas though. Never tried it so cannot help with methodology.

19 May, 2009


I remembered reading of a technique of storing your new potatoes so you could eat them at christmas - read this link

I havnt tried it but it sound as though it would work!

19 May, 2009


I think I remember reading that you can plant tubers in a frost free place in September (?) for harvesting at Christmas. I hope someone can confirm this and give us more detail.

19 May, 2009


Like Bulbaholic I'm sure I saw on TV some years ago a way to grow potatoes in the autumn (in a container, perhaps, as Owdboggy says ?) to crop at Christmas. Try googling 'new potatoes at christmas' and see what comes up.

19 May, 2009


We plant a few tubers of a first early type in September in the polytunnel. they crop around Xmas, but to be honest they are not that brilliant as far as quantity goes. They need a trmendous amount of water and frost free condtions which is hard to provide for us.

19 May, 2009


We once grew potatoes in Essex, lifted the first new ones, blanched them, froze them in a bag labelled "Not to be opened until Christmas Day" and thoroughly enjoyed them with our turkey.

20 May, 2009


I have just spotted the question about keeping new tats until Christmas.

I remember my grandfather using the same method in the 1950s as is described in the "smallholder" article. I don't remember him using sand though (but he may well have done so), he only buried the tin (an old red Oxo tin) about 15" deep and always made sure he sealed the tin well so that no moisture got in (or out ?).

23 Jul, 2009


I asked a gardening show this question and they suggested keeping back a few of your seed potatoes and planting in August, and treating them the same way as you would any seed potatoes. We grew ours in tubs and moved them into our unheated greenhouse, when the space allowed and the weather worsened. Yes, they do need watering, but they are soooooooo worth it. I like the idea of lifting your earlies and freezing them until Christmas. Much less bother!!!
This year we have saved spuds that have sprouted in June/July, kept them in a paper bag in the fridge [luckily we have a 2nd fridge in the garage] and plan to plant them in tubs and then move to the greenhouse as before. Will let you know if the results are as good.

27 Jul, 2009


Just came on to answer this. We boil them ALL then mash and make into rounds of approx half a cup and freeze them 'till xmas. All you have to do is defrost xmas eve and either have them as mashed, duchesse or roast in the shape they came out the freezer. Of course that won't do if you want them whole but it suits us.

26 Sep, 2010

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