Just for the record here is the current progress with my very limited potatoes after 6 weeks in the ground. There may only be two short rows but I have very high expectations for them!
It’s all looking very good at the moment and there has been very little signs of weeds or pests (so far). Last weekend I even went through a token effort of earthing them up.
It may not have been strictly necessary to do any earthing up but the work helped to emphasise the progress the plants are making.
To my untrained eye these are looking good and I anticipate a first harvest somewhere around early July.
However I’m not sure I can resist the temptation to dig up one plant towards the end of June just to see how things are going.
I’m not so sure that my efforts with chitting in two batches has made any difference though. The row nearest the fence started chitting a few weeks ahead of the others but the plants all seem to be the same size at the moment!
The only remaining work that I really should get sorted out is to install a soaker hose which I plan to run off the newest water butt. At this rate I think the harvest may well be in before I get around to putting the irrigation in place!