Potatoes are a wonderful thing…an undisputed classic. Here is our beginner’s guide on how to chit your very own potatoes. It’s easy, simple and fun for all the family!
To ‘chit’ a potato is simply to encourage it to sprout before planting.
For this, you will need:
- Some ‘seed’ potatoes (can be found on special offer at Bridgford Garden Centre)
- Some trays or old egg boxes
- A sunny windowsill
You can chit your own potatoes at home by leaving your potatoes in a warm sunny place in late February to early March, around 6 weeks before you intend to plant them. A sunny windowsill would be perfect.
Pop them in trays or old egg boxes for about 4-6 weeks.
For the children, we have found it is really fun for little ones to decorate their own trays and egg boxes, so grab some crayons and brighten them up a bit!
You will know when they are ready to plant when the shoots are 1.5cm – 2.5cm long.
It is as simple as that!
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