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Main crop spuds

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 22:03

If the leaves are still green leave them growing, but you could dig a few for the pot if you like. If they are in the ground over 150 days they will not grow much more anyway.



seed potatos

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 21:02

I usually plant a few overwintered seed and have had no problems. Back when my late dad grew spuds in large quantities we rarely bought in seed, too expensive.

Keep your potential seed as carefully as the ones you want to eat in spring. Kept in a cool, dry, dark place main crop spuds will last until April, then sow them.

Rhubarb in winter

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 20:51

I like to clean the rhubarb beds every winter and add a good mulch of compost/horse manure/ cow manure. Remember the crowns will be in the same spot for many years and do need feeding at least every two years. If you don't feed the crowns they will get run down and be more prone to disease.

Potato leaves

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 21:51

No bother Lorna95. We are all still learning this gardening lark. ask as many questions as you like.


Potato leaves

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 21:26

Topline hardware or Home Value hardware are good also. You could try Mr Middletons in Mary street Dublin as well if you are in town.

Potato leaves

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 19:28

I'm over here too and the co-op stores are very good esp Centenery in Tipp.


Potato leaves

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 18:45

Which variety and when were they planted?


Scab on Maincrop potatos

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 21:39

If the Ph is 6.5 you shouldn't have much if any scab. When using a soil tes make sure the water used is clean and Ph Neutral. Rain water collected in a plastic bucket is fine. Tap water is not good as the council put too many chemicals in it. We have our own supply but it has too much lime so all tests are Alkeline.

Scab on Maincrop potatos

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 21:56

Scab is caused by bacteria i think and they thrive in soil with a high Ph. Did you add any lime?


Small swede

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 21:40

Sylvia. i presume you are talking about this years crop of swedes. They should still be small with big leaves at this time. They will only butt as we call it in autumn. a bit early yet.


Barry. Swedes are sown in late May or early June. Never any problems with size here but it depends on how you thin them. If you leave them too close they will be small. 6 to 8 inches apart would give decent size roots. Only 2 swede eaters here so 4 to 6 inches apart gives the size we need.

Swedes are part of the Brasica family so be careful not to follow the cabbages with them.

Hope this is of help to you.

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