JBA will deliver your seed potatoes from the end of January onwards each season.

Other seasonal products such as Shallots,Onions,Garlic, Rhubarb and Asparages will also be sent out at the same time.

PLEASE NOTE   Any order that contains seasonal products and deliver now products will have to be subject to seperate delivery charges if the customer requires some items early. Please place your seasonal order as a seasonal order and your deliver now order as a seperate order.

  1. The table below shows delivery rates to your area – all delivery charges for your seed potato order are included in the final total price for your order.
  2. Delivery costs are calculated during the checkout process, and vary depending on where you live within the UK.
  3. You will receive an automated email to tell you when your order has been dispatched.
  4. Delivery dates are only a guide and not a guaranteed delivery date. Frost and other factors can delay the delivery of potatoes as they are a perishable product.
  5. We only use APC couriers that are based in England and they set all postage rates for which we make no profit from. We do not use Royal Mail apart from sending out catalogues.

 

As of 1/8/2014 we are no longer shipping to any addresses that are not mainland GB as we are not able to provide a competitive priced delivery service.
Some highland areas are affected by this but we can’t continue to post parcels out at a huge loss to ourselves. We apologise for this and hope that one day we can rectify this.

 

JBA home delivery rates

(UK Mainland)  Up to 10kg |  Up to 20kg |  Per kg over 20kg
Scotland, England and Wales £4.95  £4.95  £0.25
Scottish Highlands Mainland
(IV3-IV40, IV52-IV54, IV63, KW1-KW14,
PA20-PA40, PH19-PH40, PH50)
Varies Varies Varies
       
Highlands and Islands N/A  N/A  N/A
       
(Other UK Areas)      
Northern Ireland N/A  N/A N/A
       
 Isle of Wight N/A  N/A  N/A
 Isle of Man N/A  N/A N/A
       
Other UK Islands
and outlying areas
 N/A N/A  N/A
Eire delivery rates  N/A N/A N/A

After purchase, carefully empty your seed potatoes into shallow boxes or trays – egg boxes or apple trays are ideal. Keep these away from frost and store in a cool area.

6 weeks before you want to plant your early potatoes you should move your potatoes into a light area of about 10 degrees celsius to produce a strong, thick sprout, making sure that the potatoes are rose eye upwards.

The potatoes will turn green when exposed to the light but do not worry as this is normal. If you wish to grow large potatoes you can carefully cut out some of the eyes on the potatoes so that only a few chits are formed and the potato will produce larger but fewer tubers.

If you wish to grow many small tubers to eat, like baby potatoes, then leave all the eyes intact and plant the potatoes at half the distances shown below.

 

How to prepare the beds

With the use of a garden fork simply turn the soil over and work in some well rotted manure to provide essential nutrients for your potatoes. If you are unable to use manure then specialized potato fertilizer can be used but the fertilizer should be placed below the potato and a layer of soil or compost put in between so that the potato roots grow down into the soil to establish properly.

The potato bed should be a trench about 4-6 inches deep and you place the potato into the trench and cover with soil so that good peak is formed. I have videos below that you can follow for even more information.

First Earlies can be planted 12″ (30cm) apart with 24″ (60cm) between each row.

Second Earlies and Maincrop can be planted 15″ (37.5cm) apart in row widths of 28″ (70cm).

Always make sure the eyes are facing upwards and planted at a depth of between 4-6″ (10-15cm).

Taking care of your growing crop

As the potato haulms grow you should take care not to let them get frosted at any point. Using a fleece for large haulm coverage or rowing up soil over the top of new shoots will help the potatoes survive early morning frosts.
Frosted leaves will turn black and the plant will be stunted.

Make sure your plants receive adequate water during the growing season to avoid the plants becoming stressed.

In most areas June can be the very start of blight season. To help combat blight you can use our new Blight Guard product

 

Harvesting your Potatoes

Potatoes are usually cured after harvest to improve skin-set. Skin-set is the process by which the skin of the potato becomes resistant to skinning damage. Potato tubers may be susceptible to skinning at harvest and suffer skinning damage during harvest and handling operations. Curing allows the skin to fully set and any wounds to heal. Wound-healing prevents infection and water-loss from the tubers during storage. On a dry day simply dig the tubers and leave them on the surface of the soil until the tuber skin has dried before placing them into a hessian storage bag

 

 

First Earlies

Your potatoes should be planted in drills  that are 24” (60cm) apart in each row. The potatoes should be planted 10” (25cm) apart from each other in your drills.

Note: Always make sure the eyes are facing upwards and planted at a depth of between 4-6” (10-15cm).

 

Second Earlies

Maincrop

Your potatoes should be planted in drills that are 28” (70cm) apart in each row.

The potatoes should be planted 12-15”(30 - 37.5cm) apart from each other in your drills.

 

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