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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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    Got my PFA in a tray, they seem to be in no hurry to make shoots even in the porch, so I'm in not going to plant them for another couple of weeks, unless we suddenly get higher temperatures..
     
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      I planted all my earlies and main crop 2 days ago at the allotment, they are covered in weed membrane to heat up the soil, I'll take it off when the haulms emerge.

      Meanwhile I have 7 crates like these in an unheated greenhouse, have to put fleece over them tonight as another frost is forecast:
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        I've got 9 of those, still see the occasional one getting chucked out because the lid has broken, almost got another about a month ago put out with some 'free stuff' in a garden, but we were just setting out on a dog walk and it was gone when we returned.

        Our council paid to have those ex-glass recyling boxes disposed of and missed a trick in giving them away to gardeners.
         
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          They are useful, I have a few down the allotment and some in the shed and garage for storage, plus a few more outdoors for organising all my empty plant pots and containers.
           
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          Bought some "white potatoes" from the local farm shop here in Lincolnshire, no variety indicated but they gave us the best roast potatoes we've ever had, golden and crispy outer and soft fluffy flesh inside. These spuds hadn't been washed.

          Intrigued, I decided to investigate what variety they could be (staff at the farm shop didn't know). I've narrowed it down to a single variety "Sharpe's Express", an heirloom variety developed in Lincolnshire and commonly grown there, I will obviously be ordering seed potatoes for next season.
           
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            I've always been put off growing that variety as the packets of seeds potatoes appear to sow them infected with scab, not a good advert for them

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            • pete

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

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              First early, would they still be available to buy for eating at this time of the year. :scratch:
               
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                Very much doubt it, more likely a maincrop variety which will store ok in the right conditions for over a year.
                 
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