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Potato growing 2022

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by JWK, Jan 1, 2022.

  1. pete

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

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    Probably maincrop?
    If you want earlies you would probably need to buy seed I would think.
     
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    • JWK

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      Some garden centres used to sell seed potatoes loose, I know the RHS did. So you could buy just one or two.
       
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        As it happens I went to the RHS Wisley Garden Centre today and it's been completely made-over to look like all the other GCs, sadly they no longer sell seed potatoes by weight, They look to be all pre-packaged.
         
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          Wilko do small packets of Six, I believe.
           
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          • pete

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

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            If you can find some "Charlotte" in the supermarkets it might be worth a try.
             
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              There is still a place here that sells them by bulk. It is F-S which is a farmers co-operative store. I like to grow red skinned white potatoes. Last 2 years I have bought them at Walmart because of Covid shutdowns/shortages etc.....They come in a 5 lb bag. I have had pretty good yields with them. The wife likes them picked small.
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                Planted my earlies, Winston in containers in the greenhouse. The idea is I can shift the containers out when I need the space, by which time we will have eaten most:
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                The Albert Bartlett Rooster I grew last year weren't very good either. I was very disappointed.
                 
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                  @Paul waterhouse it's disappointing isn't it. Especially when you have to wait so long for them. I couldn't get Pentland Dell so ended up with King Edward's.
                   
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                    I've changed my plan for this year for tatties. I'm growing in 30l pots which leaves my raised beds good for other things I can also use the soil that they are grown in on the boarders.

                    I'm growing Pentland Javelin and Desirée this year.
                     
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                      For maincrop I only grow blight resistant varieties now. It's the only way to guarantee a crop. I'm growing Sarpo mira again, they gave me a good yield last season. We still have about a quarter left in the ground which we dig up and eat as needed.
                       
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                        I'm chitting Premiere first earlies, to grow in 30 and 35 litre buckets. It's a new variety for me, selected purely because it claims to be blight resistant. I'm considering planting the pots up indoors in my cool conservatory so the potatoes will get a head start before I move them ouside.

                        A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a few Apache second earlies we didn't finish eating last year, so I decided to chit those, too. Some of the eyes got knocked off in storage so I popped those into little pots of compost and they are making plenty of leaves. The question is, are these eyes-only plants worth a place in the Apache bucket, or will the lack of attached tuber render them unable to make a decent crop?
                         
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                          Here we go.

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                            Hi guys, new to potato growing as I’m a flower fan, but now we have a community plot. I’ve planted casa Blanca first early and second early Charlotte. What I need to know is how long can I keep Maris piper main crop on the window sill chitting. I only want them ready when my other potatoes are finished. The joy of digging up potatoes as we need them makes it worth planting a cheap to buy crop. So I recon that I need the Maris piper ready in October. Can I keep the Maris piper chitting until July. I presume slugs will be a problem if I leave potatoes in the ground unnecessarily. How do I manage it please. V
                             
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                            pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                            Maris piper is main crop, so you can plant any time now they naturally take longer to mature and digging in September or October is pretty normal.
                            I usually get my main crop out before the end of September, mainly because things usually get pretty muddy around here after then.
                             
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