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26/06/2013 at 21:43

Is it alright to put potato stalks and leaves in the compost bin

26/06/2013 at 21:44

Absolutely fine as long as it's not blighted. 

26/06/2013 at 21:48

Thanks just had my first pan full today-delicious

26/06/2013 at 21:51

What variety are they?

Last year nearly all varieties were tasteless but I think that was due to the soggy summer.

26/06/2013 at 23:50

...was thinking of delving into a bag of spuds to see what was there myself, but will wait until July....there's been no blight alerts this year...and my spuds are looking really lush on top... 

...sounds like you are enjoying your's early.....    

27/06/2013 at 15:22

l planted rocket and charlotte.  The rockets were a bit small so will for a bit longer,

charlotte was good sizes so will probably eat these first.

27/06/2013 at 17:54

At what stage do you start harvesting. I have charlottes which are flowering now and growing strongly.

27/06/2013 at 19:31

Depends when you planted the spuds out but Charlotte, I think are 1st earlies.

1st earlies are ready for harvest 10 wks after planting out. 2nd earlies 13wks and maincrop 15 to 20wks. It's not an exact science though, if you planted out early and the spuds were hit with a frost this could slow their growth down, by up to 2wks.

Spuds are ready when they have flowered and the foliage starts to die back. Harvesting earlier means the spuds are likely to be smaller and harvesting later a little bigger. 

2nd earlies skins will harden if left in the ground making them better to store although maincrop are the one's usually grown for storage over winter.      

27/06/2013 at 19:33

I have grown charlotte the last 5 years, they are delicious spuds,i usually wait till the flowers have died off before i start digging them for the first meal of these great potatoes.


27/06/2013 at 20:50

Thanks zoom and wait... not long now then... to wait, I mean... shall i get my coat?

28/06/2013 at 20:34

It's the 1st on Monday , fortunatly I'm away tomorrow and going to a barbie on Sunday.

I've seven bags and a couple of random spud plants. One growing in amongst the beetroot and noticed today, another growing, out of a bag for the tip behind the GH. 

Don't forget to close the door Ww


28/06/2013 at 22:24

Pentland Javelin here. Flowering so won't be long.

30/06/2013 at 19:44

The charlottes I harvested had not flowered,but were reasonable sizes.

l read that you don't always have to wait for them to flower before harvesting-is this correct.


30/06/2013 at 20:38

Thanks PR I needn't buy any spuds tomorrow... I will delve instead and report findings. Not too bothered about size if tasty.

30/06/2013 at 22:04

PR. Yes,some don't always flower, few of mine get to the stage of flowering but I leave them the full term or longer especially 1st and 2nd Earlie's as despite not flowering they do die back and keep longer in compost than in the kitchen.

The large one's are just as tasty, have trust... and you get a better crop 

01/07/2013 at 17:51


Just dug some for tonight all nice sizes,having them with salmon baked with dill parsley and chives and mange tout.Thanks for the advice.

01/07/2013 at 17:56

Delvings unearthed some small but perfectly formed spuds, which went well with my variation on a Nigel Slater recipe; to take advantage of what else is growing in my vegetable garden ..i.e. leeks, parsley, broad beans amd chard.

I will leave those that are left to get a bit bigger, as suggested by zoomer

01/07/2013 at 21:49

Now. I'm itching to delve into a bag.

My 1st earlies are Winston and Pentland Javelin, been out since 4th April. Estima and Wilja 2nd earlies and Desire, as main, were planted out mid April. Red Duke of York were the last to be planted out at the beginning of May.

Not tried Winston or Estima before.     

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