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    • Gers
    • By Gers 24th Oct 16, 7:42 PM
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    Growing potatoes
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    • 24th Oct 16, 7:42 PM
    Growing potatoes 24th Oct 16 at 7:42 PM
    I'm trying to think ahead!

    Never having grown anything to eat, apart from four strawberries and five blackberries, I now want to branch out and attempt potatoes.

    I've got some potato bags ready and would love some advice please.

    I want to grow some real old-fashioned tasting potatoes. My 88 year old mum moans about bland tasting tatties so I want to surprise her at some point next year.

    Are there any varieties I should be looking for?

    Can I plant at staggered times to get a rolling programme for supply, something like two or three weeks apart? I'm only using 8 litre bags so am expecting a small amount of return from each.

    I know these are probably very basic questions but I've tried surfing for answers and got bogged down in professional websites.

    Thanks.
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    • Mnd
    • By Mnd 25th Jun 17, 8:37 PM
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    Sounds good, no need to cut any shoots off, keep checking for slugs, don't very often get anything else eating the leaves, they eat into the spuds as well in the soil.won't be far off being usable soon. Don't pull the whole plant , have a feel around under the plant and pick any that are big enough to use
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    • By Mnd 25th Jun 17, 8:44 PM
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    Sounds good, keep watering and no need to pick any shoots off. Watch out for slugs, can't think of anything else that nibbles potatoes, they will also burrow into the new tubers in soil. It won't be long till you have usable spuds, don't pull a whole plant, dig your fingers under the plant and feel around for usable tubers leaving the rest to swell up in there own time, it's really a satisfying feeling those first new potatoes of the summer.I've dug 2 plants from up the plot. Charlotte, really lovely potato. Good luck
    • Gers
    • By Gers 29th Jun 17, 8:39 AM
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    Yesterday I thought the potatoes had blight, but decided that the leaves have taken a battering with all the rain and wind we've had over the past three weeks. I cut off the bottom leaves anyway.

    Then I did what Mnd suggested and stuck my hand down each bag in turn, and was delighted to feel potatoes. Yes, I know it's what I should have expected but it was still a pleasure to have them there. Some small and some much larger. I just wish that the wind / rain hadn't washed off the labels I'd stuck in the bags! Next year I'll do something more secure.

    The leaves are dying back so I'll do some harvesting in a couple of weeks. My virgin journey as a potato grower is almost at an end. I won't be so worried next year.
    • Gers
    • By Gers 8th Jul 17, 5:26 PM
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    I've stuck my hand down into all the bags and pulled a couple of potatoes out of each.

    The Epicures (I think) have scab. The other varieties don't, so far. As we've not had dry weather I'm at a loss to understand why, however I peeled the blemished ones and cooked them, tasted fine.

    The reason for thinking it was the Epicure is because they were floury and I don't normally eat this type.

    The carefully written on plastic sticks with variety were the biggest failure, the writing washed off very soon after planting. For next year I've bought wooden sticks and will somehow get labels on the front of the bags.

    I'm not disheartened or disappointed. It's nature and there are loads more potatoes to unearth. As I'm growing them mostly for my DM I doubt she'll be unhappy either.

    The remainder are still under earth. Another couple of weeks I think.
    • Gers
    • By Gers 12th Jul 17, 9:26 AM
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    Epicure bag had lots of mushy potatoes in the soil
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