Our Annual Potato Growing Challenge is back, with an earlier start than usual this year to give you extra growing time and more chance of a really good crop of spuds.

Sponsored once again by our good friends at the Abergavenny Garden Centre, this year’s challenge will be to grow the heaviest harvest from a single “Swift” seed potato.

Swift is a “first early” variety, and Garden Centre manager Gavin Trinder says it’s one of the fastest-maturing potatoes available, quick to produce heavy crops and ideal for container growing. So we’re looking forward to seeing the results!

“It’s also a really tasty spud,” says Gavin. “It produces smooth, white-skinned, round to oval tubers with waxy flesh and a delicate flavour – perfect for home-made potato salad.”

As with previous years, we’re running separate classes for Children (aged up to 16 years) and Adults (16+), with prizes for 1st and 2nd place in each class. Entry costs £5, and includes your potato-growing kit:

• 1 x Swift seed potato

• 1 x 10-litre pot

• Growing instructions.

Kits will be available from Class Assistant Allen Cleveland from 17-25 February. We’ll also be selling kits from our stall at the Garden Centre on the weekends of 17-18 and 24-25 February, from 10am-4pm. For more details, check our Ticker Network Facebook page.

The Grand Reveal and Weigh-in will take place from 3-4pm on Saturday 22 June at the Garden Centre.

Here’s to a great growing season!