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How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 17:34

Just in from collecting student from train.

Got it perfectly right Steve. Might try the grass clippings myself as we have Ph 8+ and the peat is more expensive. Those Roosters in my picture are heavely scabbed but taste wonderful.

Hostafan 1 the ones I sowed are barely 3 to 4 inches deep but will get another 6 inches of soil when earthed up.

How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 23:01

My late dad showed me this method and it works for me. I'll earthup with the ridges left when needs be. Will also dig the furrows between the ridges at a later stage and earthup again. This black soil is very fine when dry and runs off the growing tubers exposing them to the sun.

How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 22:38

Put one seed at your heel and one at your toe as in pictuer 4

How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 22:30

Still not too lats for second earlies and plenty time for mancrop.

How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 22:08

We are well into the potato planting season. How have you got on in the wettest March we have seen in nearly 10 years.

 My first early Sharpes Express sowed 12th March, 11 under this cloche and 13 others outside. Need to do a bit of weeding!

 British Queens chitted and ready for planting to-day.

 Two furrows opened to take 72 seed.

 36 Queen seed planted with a bit of peat to reduce Ph and avoid scab.

 3 rows of potatoes planted here. Two Queens and  one Home guard on the left planted on St Patricks day, March 17th.

Sycamore seedlings

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 21:02

Without sycamores i'd have no leaves for composting in October.


Posted: 29/03/2014 at 19:50

That should be 2012. Must wear the specs more often. I sowed another dozen peas, Kelvedon Wonder, today. 11 of the last 12 sprouted.


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 23:22

I always start my peas off by soaking them overnight and sowing them in small pots of seed and potting compost. had very bad results in 2023 from direct sowing so never again.


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 22:25

Ally2 thgere is another Allotment tread on Talkback, join in the discussion there and read what solutions are given.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 22:05

Suze4 could you post some of those white flies so my Lleylandii hedge might die too. I hate them woth a passion but OH would kill me if I did anything to them.

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