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Spud-tastic sessions in Kings Lynn’s Dobbies for the little ones to grow their own potatoes

A garden centre is hosting free workshops on how to grow the UK’s most popular vegetable.

Potatoes are one of the most important food crops globally alongside rice, wheat, and corn, and have been named by YouGov as the most popular vegetable at the end of 2023.

Dobbies knows just how much the nation loves this hearty vegetable, and is encouraging gardeners of all abilities and ages to give growing their own spuds a go this year at its free workshops in its Lynn store.

Ayla and Sophia Tuffaha, Dobbies Little Seedlings Ambassadors. Photo credit: Joel Chant
Ayla and Sophia Tuffaha, Dobbies Little Seedlings Ambassadors. Photo credit: Joel Chant

Grow How, a 15-minute interactive how-to session where gardeners of all abilities will have the opportunity to learn from Dobbies’ horticultural experts is taking place in its Lynn store – inside Tesco on the Hardwick – at 10:30am on Saturday, February 3.

Little Seedlings Club, designed for children aged 4-10 years old, is taking place on the morning of Sunday, February 4, also spotlighting this humble vegetable.

Dobbies’ Grow How sessions encourage local communities near its stores to give gardening a go, whether you’re a novice, seasoned gardener, or enthusiast.

Attendees can go to the demonstration section of the Lynn store, where Dobbies’ experts will share knowledge on the different types of potato varieties, reveal techniques such as ‘chitting’, share advice on how to care for and protect your crop, and give gardening tips to ensure a successful potato harvest.

Dobbies’ Little Seedlings Club is designed to educate and inspire the next generation of gardeners, getting children of all ages together in a friendly group setting to learn something new.

February’s session will unveil the history of the spud and different parts of the vegetable.

Children will also gain an understanding of how they grow, what you need to help them thrive, when it’s best to sow or know when it’s time to harvest, an insight into ‘chitting’ to give spuds a head start, and the varieties that can be grown.

From red potatoes, yellow potatoes, brown potatoes to even purple potatoes, there’s plenty of variety.

In addition to this, children will learn how potatoes are enjoyed from different countries and cultures around the globe.

Dobbies’ plant buyer, Nigel Lawton, said: “From Maris Piper to Potato Charlotte, there is a wide variety of potatoes to choose from that you can grow for yourself at home.

“All you need is a potato sack or tub, filled with a quarter of good quality peat-free compost, three seed potatoes evenly spaced on top of the soil covered with another layer of compost, and then water regularly to keep the compost moist.

“Your potatoes will be ready to be harvested in as little as 12 weeks.”

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