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Potato growing 2021

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by JWK, Jan 5, 2021.

  1. pete

    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Maybe you can track Albert down, he's probably got your lot.:roflol:
     
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      Bit late @pete Albert's been buried :heehee:
       
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        There's:

        Albert Bartlett Rooster
        Albert Bartlett Anya
        Albert Bartlett Osprey
        Albert Bartlett Vilvaldi
        Albert Bartlett Homestyle
        Etc.

        Can you remember which one?
         
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          @Scrungee Rooster sounds familiar but I would have to double check with the allotment manager next time I go.
           
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          I think that's a red potato
           
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          Yep it was definitely red :biggrin:
           
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          15 Kondor potato stem cuttings taken 18th March, only 1 failed, and just over 3 weeks later I have 14 well rooted cuttings.

          This year I let the stems grow longer so wasn't tempted to dip cut ends in sterilising solution as they were previously cut close to infected tubers, the tops were left off the bottles placed over the pots, I used a much lighter MPC/silver sand/perlite/vermiculite mix, and I kept them somewhere a bit cooler and out of direct sunlight.

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          • FrancescaH

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            Spotted my first sprouts in each bag today. They're still in the greenhouse. Might put some fleece over the top if it's going to dip low temps again.

            Looks like the foliage for these Blue Danube will be a purple colour, which is quite exciting.
             
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              Anybody planted their spuds out yet?

              I'm glad I put mine in pots and and 15x cell trays to be coming on whilst we keep getting -3 deg C temps and hail showers, then they'll be planted out where I've had black plastic ground cover warming the soil in about a week when the weather improves.
               
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              • pete

                pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                Planted my earlies last weekend.
                 
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                  I've been too busy to plant my earlies outside so kind of lucky. @pete and others that have already planted should be OK provided the leaves haven't emerged above the soil yet. Earthing up to cover the foliage, when frost is forecast, will protect them.

                  Last year on 11th May I had to cover my outdoor earlies and main crop with fleece due to hard frost.
                   
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                    Checked on my sprouts after the snow overnight. They seem fine. In the greenhouse and in felt bags so I expect that was enough to keep the frost off them. That and there isn't a huge amount of green to get damaged yet.
                     
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                      Second earthing up done. They're really coming along now the days are warmer. And no damage from what I can see over these chilly nights.
                       
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                        Just finnished planting out our seed spuds, 20kg of second earlies Picasso
                         
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                          Got half my open ground seed spuds in this morning and will put the rest in this afternoon. Getting it done before the - 1 deg C forecast tomorrow morning (probably less at my edge of village plot) as I don't want to plant tomorrow and being burrying frozen soil with the spuds.
                           
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