Chitting is one of those subjects that keeps allotment forums buzzing from time to time… It’s argued it’s a waste of time, it takes energy out of them and makes no difference to the harvest. But most of the gardening writers and bloggers are firm believers that chitted potatoes produce bigger, better, earlier crops!
Maybe we’ll try a controlled trial to see what difference it makes!!
Garden centres have got seed potatoes in stock and you can start to chit the tubers now. Chitting just means starting the tubers into growth before you plant them. All you need to do is stand the tubers upright with the end with the most “eyes” uppermost and leave them in a bright but cool place. Perfect in the Polytunnel… Fat green shoots should grow, so that when the ground has warmed up a little and you’re ready to plant, you can get them in the ground and they’ll be off straight away. Egg boxes are perfect for chitting because their compartments makes it easy to stand each tuber upright. Just chit early varieties for now as these can go in the ground before the main crop.
Regardless….. Chitting spuds is one of the first real growing jobs of the new season and another welcome sign that spring is just around the corner. Yeeeeeeeeha!!
For hints and tips about using a Polytunnel to produce the earliest crop of potatoes you’ve ever seen!
Originally posted 2013-02-18 15:13:54.