The Tatties Thread 2020

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  1. beefpotnoodle

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    Hi, I'm new and think I've found the best thread...I planted some seeder potato's about 10 days ago. I think I have some shoots, it's in a pot and I'm intending on adding compost to 'earth up' is now the right time or do I wait a little longer? Thanks for any help
     

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      Do you know what variety they are?

      If the are First Earlies I would earth them up right away ... First Earlies are shortest season (planting-to-harvest) so don't spend a lot of time thinking about stuff, so better that the shoots are under soil from the outset

      If they are 2nd early or mains then not so much rush - but no particular reason not to cover them straightaway

      If they are outside then they won't tolerate any frost, so typically folk delay earthing up so that the shoots are not forced, and there is some soil and height available to cover the shoots if frost is forecast.

      if it was me, and given they are in a pot, I would earth up when I planted them ("now" in your case :) ) and I would bring the pot in for the night if frost is forecast :)
       
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        Thanks, yeah got three types of main crops, in tubs do I can move them in. I put four seeders in each to see what would happen. Cheers, ill add another inch or two of compost
         
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          4 weeks later and they have sprouted well (only two slices failed to chit). Photo is just before planting at the allotment:

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            I was thinking of using a couple of old compost bags to grow spuds. Never grown them before so I guess this is a dumb question.
            I have a bag of Albert Bartletts from the supermarket which are sprouting. In the current climate, I can`t go browsing so can they be used?
            I guess I can get proper seed pot`s delivered but only really need half a dozen tubers so don`t want to buy a Kilo and waste most of them.
             
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            Hi @FlyFifer normally I would say buy proper seed potatoes, but given the current situation, using your supermarket spuds is the sensible and safest way to go. Honestly I doubt you could find any for sale anyway. As they are sprouting you know you are in with a chance (sometimes supermarket spuds are chemically treated to suppress growth)
             
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              Only half of mine are seeders. I also figured as I had some old potatoes sprouting I'd give them a shot. Planted 4 in each tub, hoping 25% would work
               
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                As space is at a premium, I’ve only got three rows of three. I wasn’t able to get my favourite, ‘Arran Pilot’, so opted for ‘Foremost’ (first early). I normally only ‘Earth up’ when frost is forecast, or to keep off the light from the spuds. Frost has normally dictated the earthing up, but is this something that should be routinely done?
                 
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                  Thanks John.

                  For some reason I`d thought not possible, so am going to have a go. I`ve a couple of bags of MPC and manure sitting around waiting to be used anyway.

                  Andy.
                   
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                    Good choice of early variety @Freddy. Earthing up is not really needed for first early spuds except as you say, for keeping the sun off them turning any tubers near the surface green.

                    For second early and main crop it is beneficial to earth up as it increases yield by elongating the underground stems giving more tubers. Also it keeps weeds down.
                     
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                      So checked on my potato tubs, the largest one had sprouting again, so earthed up another 2". So that 25ltr tub is up to 10" now.
                      The other smaller 20ltr tubs I haven't seen any sprouting, these were with the seed potatoes. So I'm leaving them.
                      My question is, can I keep earthing up until the 25 ltr tub is full and would this get me more potatoes? They are all main croppers
                       
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                        Keep earthing up for a bigger yield and to stop light turning the tubers green.
                         
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                          Only growing 2 varieties this year, Charlotte because you just cannot get a better spud straight from the ground into the pot (No, the pot doesn't follow me when harvesting) and Old Faithful Cara which will be left to die off, left in situ until Christmas and Jan 1st (my birthday), would have liked to grow more but we are in a transitional period, house sorted first then garden!
                           
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