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Posted: 03/02/2014 at 00:02

I fed my veg plot of heavy clay soil for years, but due to one or more marauding foxes, I decided to relocate my ducks to a secured fenced veg plot. - no more fox kills but I now have to start again in what was the previous duck run.

I trialled Vales Emerald a few years ago - very nice so I am now regrowing them. Lady Christl was OK but not very prolific.

My personal preference is for waxy spuds inc Desiree. I do not eat many chips so floury spuds have no interest for me.

I will try Blue Belle this year, I bought some reduced price that had started to chit, so will try them. Reduced price Maris Peer spuds from Morrison's did very well for me.

Dn't forget to spray spuds & toms with Dithane 945 


Posted: 02/02/2014 at 23:20

I have 3 potato bags and half of my G/H borders planted with Charlotte & Maris Peer late October, they are growing well but I didn't get any Xmas spuds.

Still, at least I have over 120 spuds chitting - my local cider farm takes my surplus eggs and onions etc. The price he pays me has increased to £2/doz hen eggs - the duck eggs went for £2.50/doz. With layer pellets costing £8.70/25kg I am glad this is only a hobby! The farmer sells me Apple Cider Vinegar @ 40p/litre - keeps my hens healthy.



Posted: 01/02/2014 at 19:47
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They say that the first person to live to 150 is already alive.

Best keep the dithane just incase it is you!

What an awful thing to wish somebody! I don't wish to live that long, probably being gaga, doubly incontinent and kept alive by being hooked up to machines - I want to pop my clogs while I am still compos mentis and can look after myself.

Go out on a high!


To Bob the Gardener,

Why do you try to perform the impossible? - peeling Pink Fir Apple spuds? - I just clean them with a pot scourer and then boil them.


Posted: 01/02/2014 at 00:01

At 4 gms per 2.25l water, I will have enough for 75 doses for my spuds and toms. As I am 70 years old, I would be prepared to sell some at cost + postage.


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 18:30
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Dithane has been removed from sale in Ireland, is it still available over with you?




I did not know of the ban - my box was bought in 2005!

I have just ordered one of these :-

Hope you will also get lucky!!!!!!!!!!!  


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 01:52

I have scottish seed potatoes, Vales Emerald, Desiree, Pink Fir Apple chitting in my conservatory.

Also Charlotte and Maris Peer from my home grown spuds last year. As well as some Blue Belle spuds that were reduced price in Morrisons.

The first and second earlies will be grown in bags - the maincrop in open ground - I must remember to spray them with Dithane 945 this year - also my toms.

I am still eating last years Pink Fir Apple potatoes.


Posted: 19/10/2013 at 13:13

I cut off the blighted part of the tomatoes - mostly only the skin affected, the meaty bit tastes OK whether raw or fried. I HATE waste and even salvage what I can from blighted potatoes - although none this year.


Posted: 17/10/2013 at 19:22

Is it harmful for me to eat fried tomatoes that have succumbed to late blight?


Posted: 17/10/2013 at 19:21

Lady Balfour and Pink Fir Apple in bags - reasonable crop considering the bags were left in the open without regular feeding.

I have just planted some of my sprouting Charlottes in the greenhouse border and some sprouting Desiree in potato bags. Ready for Xmas perhaps?

I also had much success with Maris Piper that I bought marked down in price from Morrisons - I planted these alongside my front Leylandii hedge and was amazed at the yield.

patio Potato bag

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 21:46

I have rhubarb crowns in two of my potato bags - they seem to do OK and the early variety is already through in January. They are kept on my patio.

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