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SPUD LOVE

With potatoes on his mind, Rob Smith advises on selection, offers some top tips and shares some of his favourite varieties

The humble spud has to be one of the most popular veg to grow in Britain. Both on allotments and in gardens alike, these tasty tubers can be seen growing in a multitude of ways. From pots and bags to open ground, potatoes can be grown just about anywhere and will reward you with numerous tubers that can keep you and your family fed for months!

Our affection for potatoes goes even further than simply growing them ourselves, we even have potato days* where you can go and look at the rarer varieties and buy some of the more unusual as well as the most popular varieties. From near black to almost pure white, potatoes come in so many colours and shapes, plus they have differing uses and can be grown for salads, mash, chips, crisps and more. So why not grow a different variety of potato this year along with your favourites?

ORIGINS

Originating from the Andes, there are hundreds of varieties to choose from, yet not all are suitable for our climate. After being brought to our damp little islands centuries ago, potatoes soon became a cheap and easy way to feed the masses. Sadly, not that much was known about plant diseases and causes of plant death back then, resulting in potato cholera (blight) being a major problem, even causing mass starvation and millions of people to emigrate from Ireland in the potato famine of 1845. Since then there have been many steps taken to make sure our potato crops are as protected and safe as possible from disease and potential problems. It is always advised that you buy and grow certified seed potatoes and never use those you buy in the supermarket as you don’t know what they could be carrying.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine! In this issue: SPUD LOVE ✪ Gardening expert Rob Smith has some great top tips for growing tasty spuds. EDIBLE EDGES ✪ Ben Vanheems encourages us to use walls and fences to pack in more produce. SUCCEED WITH CAULIFLOWERS ✪ KG editor Steve Ott reveals his top tips for cracking curds And much more!