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Cornish Boy up North

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Help with spuds and toms

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 22:38

Thank you all again for your information about this terrible contamination, I have set the ball rolling with the stables and they are upset as they have a large plot where they have spread the same stuff for their veg, the supplier only stores the hay and is bought in from elsewhere which they are now chasing up as two of the horses this year have not been well and wondered if the hay had anything to do with their sickness??

On our situation have today stripped out the greenhouses bought new compost and managed to get more tom plants from our neighbors and fingers crossed get something out of our growing season. As for the potatoes looks like I will be buying them in this year!!

Help with spuds and toms

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 22:24


As I understand you have worked on these problems? The links I have looked at are terrible to think that as organic Gardner not just myself but hundreds if not thousands of allotment owners are suffering from this disease.

So from what I read if you leave this manure for three years it will be OK? As the bacteria will have been destroyed? What about the ground where its contaminated as I use a three year cycle for my crops will it be best to leave the areas effected for longer like potatoes?

Thank you once again to all for their information


Help with spuds and toms

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 17:53

Seems as if this is old hay or someone still got some of this chemical left, I will report this but will talk to the stable where we collected it to see where they sourced their hay.

Help with spuds and toms

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:54

Just read even more letters on the subject this is terrible just told my mate and he has all his toms with this muck in I cannot repeat what his answer was here but you can imagine what they were

Help with spuds and toms

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:11

Thank you for that link, I have just read about the problem Oh Dear, as I have spread quite a lot of this muck on my garden, I was wondering why my broad beans had stopped growing, my peas are in it and seem to be fine, in fact i put that batch on last year so maybe that lot was ok.

Just glad I have not put my runner beans in yet as I dug a trench ages ago and put in that muck, so looks as if I need to find somewhere else but as land is a bit short will proabably have to dig it out and hope for the best, I read that it could effect leeks as well as I have just manured that plot ready to get them in this week.

I have quite a bit of this manaure and has taken me a long time to shift it well I will just leave it there for the next few years as am I right that it will improve over a period of time?

Thanks again for that link its just soul destroying all that hard work that I have put in, but as they say thats gardening for you.

Help with spuds and toms

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 13:34

In fact we both had some left over and put in tubs and they are just like yours tall and upright and yes there are tatters growing you can see the bulge in the bag, the thing is these are just been grown in compost and they look really good. We thought that as they were in the greenhouse with the toms the potato plant had passed something on to them? We really are sraching our heads to what the problem is.

Help with spuds and toms

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 11:19

No I am the only one that has used it.

In answer to stable muck yes we have both used it from the same source but it has been rotting down since last summer when we collected it, but he has used it on his other spuds with no problems, I think the problem lays elsewhere, thank you for your replies and it wasent raw straw this had been chewed along with grass

Help with spuds and toms

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 10:40

I did think of that and I have used it for the first time this year, but it was a while ago and before the spuds emerged from the ground, but as I said my mate has the same problem and he is quite a distance from my plot, he did mention to me that a friend of his who grows a lot of potatoes could not get hold of red duke of york as the supplier had problems with disease, and he also has problems with his toms?

Help with spuds and toms

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 09:56

Can anyone help with this problem with my potatoes and toms? the spuds have

curly tops like furns and the toms are simular, the one I dug out had its growth wrapped around it in a circle its a red duke of york, my seconds and main crop have the same problem.

The toms although growing have their tops wilted (this is the second batch)

My mate has the same problem, we bought our seed spuds from the same supplier.






Posted: 28/07/2014 at 19:50

Thanks for that most appreciated gardening can be mind destroying at times after all the hard work you put in 

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