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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.

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 17:20

A bit of gerden produce is often appreciated more the n a box of sweets or a bottle of wine. Also it ia more personal gift.

Waterlogged veg patch

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 19:09

The land drain joins to another at the bottom of the garden. My problem is the black clay is so fine that drainage is slow. I'll catch up with you all later.

Very Late Spuds Indeed!

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 19:00

I harvested a bucket full of Volunteers last September and they were lovely.


Waterlogged veg patch

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 18:58

That pic was taken Sunday afternoon, water is gone down a fair bit now but soil is very wet still.

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 18:56

As for small growing points I mean anything that looks too small to survive in the ground or could easly get over crowded by hardier crowns, The two small pots are 6 inch and the big on e is 11 inch, so you can see how small the plants are. They will come good in a few years. I've lots of room for them to remain unproductive where others may not have the space. I try to give every plant I own every chance of survival.

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 18:48

Jim I don't grow commercially although I probably have 40+ crowns and will divide another bed next winter.

Will give away some of these to friends and neighbours or anyone who wants them.

As for the crop i will make 20 to 30 pots of jam and will nag OH to make crumble and tarts, will freeze some to over winter, still have some from last year. Will give lots away and still not overwork the plants.

One of the girls in the office at work killed her two crowns in 2012 by over cropping so I will give her replacements.

I could never grow just enough of anything. Gardening is my only real vice, I think!

Waterlogged veg patch

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 16:51

This is where my brassicas will be planted later on in Spring. Might get a crop of rice first?

 That line of stones is a land drain.

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