P4 Super Sonic Spuds – Chitting The Potatoes

P4 were excited to start their ‘Super Sonic Spuds’ Project last Friday. This is organised by the Royal Highland Educational Trust and will take place between now and summer. The pupils are having an opportunity to plant their own crop of potatoes and watch and learn about growing them before we harvest them.

Potatoes for eating and seed potatoes are grown in Scotland and East Lothian is one of the main areas in Scotland that grows them.

We are planting potatoes and will take part in some competitions to see how we get on.

The potatoes are supplied by Denholm Potato Growers of East Lothian and on 6th March James Wyllie from Ruchlaw Produce will visit P4 to help us plant the potatoes. We are planting Rocket Potatoes.

Denholm Potato Growers grow and supply potatoes to farms and garden centres such as Dobbies and other places across the United Kingdom.

Last Friday we chitted the potatoes. This meant we chose the 6 largest potatoes and put them in an egg box at the window. We put them there so they could get light but not next to a heater as we did not want them to be too warm.

Over the next few weeks they should start to ‘chit’ which means sprouts will develop from the potato eyes. Later on we will plant them indoors then outside when the weather is suitable.

As we were supplied with 12 potatoes but can only use 6 for the project we gave the rest of them to the nursery to plant.

We will keep you updated as to how we get on and what we do next.

Mr McEwan

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2 thoughts on “P4 Super Sonic Spuds – Chitting The Potatoes”

  1. What an exciting project. I am sure you will harvest a healthy crop of tatties. Good luck P4!

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