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Planting First Earley Potatoes

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 22:41

If I was to wait for the threat of frost then I'd get no first earlies in at all.

Frost blankets at the ready. It's a bit of bother but it is gardening and I've waited a long time to much of that.

Planting First Earley Potatoes

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 22:17

Black silty type. Gets very wet during heavy rain but this area was covered by the perspex sheet so it is fine.

Also it is a little on the Alkaline side, used some of my compost which has a large proportion of FYM in it plus a little potatoe manure.


Posted: 12/03/2014 at 22:11

The bench without a back comes down the garden when I'm planting and doubles up as a seat and a work bench.

Planting First Earley Potatoes

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 22:08

We'll get frost till May Day at least so I'll have to use frost protection any way so might as well get started. All Sharpes were chitted for a few week so hopefully they will come in a bit before the end of June. home guard still to sow by Monday.


Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:50

 Here is a bench i made from a 9 board pallet.

 This is the de-Luxe model with an added back rest.

Planting First Earley Potatoes

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:43

 Sharpes Express planted to-day under perspex roof light with glass panels at each end so as not create a wind tunnell. Also planted some outside. Everything then covered with hessian for frost protection.

We're off and running in the 2014 spud season.


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 20:47

I always thought that putting a pot over rhubarb was forcing and am doing a bit this year. Nice to know that I'm not ruining my plants.

Planting Potatoes

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 22:19

NewBoy2 it is now over 4 months since I promised to report back on the potatoe situation. we are stil munching our way through the Roosters and Golden Wonders. A few are getting soft as the weather is very mild but none have gone past using. Had fish and chips to-day Ash Wednesday. As good as the chips I made in october. asto the question how much do you need to sow to have a supply for the winter, well we made it on what we sowed. If I were sowing for myself alone I'd sow 10 to 12 first earlies the same second earlies and 75 to 80 Roosters. That should get you along way. It's nat an easy question you pose and at best it's a good guess. Hope this is of help to you.

Happy Gaedening


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 21:54

Not being a person who does much forcing I'm not sure but would guess it can not be a good idea to force the same plant every year.

planting potatoes and onion sets

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 21:47

Like zoomer I'm further south than you here in Tipperary. AllI can offer is it takes about 3 weeks for spud sprouts to emerge above ground. Sow 3 weeks before last expected frosts or be prepared to cover the potatoes with some frost protection.We sow earlies around March 17 but they will need protecting untill the  May day holiday at least. I sow maincrop spuds around the 20th April so no frost worries. Hope this helps you.

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