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The "Charlotte" potatoes I an trialling for Mr. Fothergill are harvested from the potato planter bag and being eaten. very delicious and a ...

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happymarion
The "Charlotte" potatoes I an trialling for Mr. Fothergill are harvested from the potato planter bag and being eaten. very delicious and a good crop. Such a clean way to grow potatoes. The same weight of tubers is being grown in one of my raised beds for comparison so I am keeping a sharp eye on them. the flowers have been removed so the harvest should be pretty soon. I think they will win cropwise but of course I have to dig them out instead of tumbling them out on to a sheet of plastic. We, the Nation of Gardeners Team are trialling 6 kinds of tomatoes, one blight resistant one so it is a worrying time, but I have put mine in the lea of the house which has saved my crop in former blight ridden years by sheltering them from the rain containing the spores and from the windblown ones as well.
Welshonion

There is early blight and late blight.  You may not get blight at all.  We grow earlies to avoid it. And tomatoes in the greenhouse for the same reason.

Why have you removed the flowers from the potatoes?  There is no need.  If there are any flowers they can give a rough guide as to whether it is worth digging a plant.

Jill Stephens
My tomato crop was ruined by blight this year. I understand I can't plant tomatoes or potatoes in the same plot for 3-4 years! How far away do I need to plant next years plants- 1 metre- 3 metres or 10 metres away? Also is it OK to plant any other crop in place of the former? Would a bonfire on the spot kill the fungus, or is there some other way to clean up the plot?

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