JBA Seed Potatoes Home Guard Seed Potatoes
Heritage seed potato, well known for its early lifting ability, Home Guard was the main potato during the Second World War.
Home Guard seed potatoes are a heritage variety, well known for their early lifting ability. Introduced in 1942, Home Guard was the main potato during the Second World War and a commercial success due to its consistent high yields of fresh, tasty potatoes.
These seed potatoes have white skins and white flesh, short, oval tubers, with shallow eyes, and are the most common shape for this variety.
Home Guard is a conservation and heritage variety. First introduced in 1942, Home Guard became a wonderful first early and favourite potato grown on British Soil throughout WW2.
Still a favourite for their good flavour, this First Early variety is generally ready to harvest 10 – 12 weeks after planting, with the traditional planting time being March – April. Home Guard has good disease resistance and has high resistance to all forms of scab and spraing.
Choose a place in the garden which has not been used to grow garlic, onions, shallots or leeks for at least two years. The soil should be open, well drained and not have been manured for at least one year.
Each potato should be 25cm from the next, with rows spaced 60cm apart. Always make sure the eyes are facing upwards. Drills should be 15cm deep.
Water well in dry spells.
Harvest June-July . Dig up mature potatoes and store them in a cool, dry and dark location. Potatoes can be stored for several months. Tip: when harvesting, remove all foliage and small potatoes from the soil and discard, to avoid diseases on next year’s crop.
Plant as soon as possible after purchase. Keep in a dry, cool and well-ventilated place until planting. Keep free from frost.
Grown from cultivated stock.