I have over indulged as well, 10 red duke of york...10 kestrel .. 10 charlotte....10 salad blue and 40 king edwards.. not to bad, but i live by myself.......der
you can NEVER have to many spuds! I grow any potatoes left over in Trugs in the back garden all as new pots.
get more bags and dig up the lawn! woo hooo
Managed to get hold of 10 potato congo, these are top of my list for growing, so shall not be planting all of the king edwards, give them to one of the newbies up the lotty...
HI I'm brand spangly new to seed potato chitting this year and I've read so many conflicting statements on 'eyes' and poking them out/chopping potatoes in half if they weigh a certain amount...gosh all sorts of things....so I have 12 little early spuds nestled in a box chitting for new potatoes in bags in April...half the potatoes have lovely dark green shoots at one end, the other half (which is a different variety) have at least 4/5 shoots all over the potato , front back sides the lot....where's the crown on these? do I cut out some of them and which ones?? do I cut them in half??? how do you cope with 115 of the complicated things??? or should I just chill and plant them as is and the potato will sort itself out :) thanks
I have grown a wildlife garden out of a waste land, organically for the past 20 years with little money, and now everything that flies, walks or hops is in there, but I havent grown veg and I havent really paid attention to the scientific side of gardening especially in my clay garden in the south of england...in fact a lot of the time whatever turned up and started to grow I was happy with and me, or the wildlife, found a use for it, but this veg gardening, especially in some quarters, is made to seem so complicated that I have lost my nerve a bit...that and I've had to fork out a bit for special compost, cloches, a little greenhouse, o you know how it goes and now I'm feeling a huge amount of pressure to make this 'growing food' thing work lol...I promise to calm down now that I've found you lot...honest injun lol
10 potato congo arrived today , so thats 90 tubers chitting,to many, 20 are going to a newbie up the plot who has lost hers.The sheds on our site get broken into on a weekly basis, you stand there and welcome new plot holders, tell them there better of not having a shed up there but if its there preference do so. But do not keep anything of value in it .What did she do went to the allotment shop bought all her seed spuds onion & shallot sets and laid them out in her shed.Gone....And all her newly purchased bamboo canes used as kindling to burn down my neighbours shed, thus damaging my onion raised bed and wiping out the enviromesh cover over it. You can't help some people.
signed ANNOYED from the centre of the universe
this morning in my tiny (not so warm) propogators, the tomato seeds have poked up one tentative little stem and I let out a sigh, ahhhhhhh it's going to be alright, things are growing for me...:) yeh...dont you just love nature? and flighty I am as simple as they come lol...before the madness took over me and I panicked with the 'OMG VEG' (as I was beginning to see it as before this group) I was queen of reusing everything and fancy-smancy gadgets or planting schemes had no place in my world ....if I ever get my act together I'll photograph what the tomatoes are going to grow up, on the patio to show my 'simple' thinking brain ....half a single bedframe(the wooden structure inside a box divan) cut in half lol...it's sturdy, you can attach canes to it ora clear polythene sheet...treated the same colour as the fence it's attached too, I think it's kinda cool, the other half of the bed is attached next to it and for the cucumbers....my son, by the way, thinks I'm mad lol
Snail you're welcome! Growing vegetables is as simple or complicated as you want to make it! I'm all for simple and tend to plant and sow everything direct and reckon that I don't do too badly. Even the most experienced growers have failures.
I have a plot neighbour who does simple and tends to do as well, and sometimes a lot better, than those who do the opposite. The later I have to say are often show exhibitors which is world apart from growing just to eat!
Have had a delivery from JBA and on there growing instructions they state :- 2nd early and maincrop spacings of 15" between tubers, every gardening book i've read gives a spacing of 18" for maincrop, so i shall try the 15" spacing this year and thus get more plants in the plot.....
Fred, I've grown them at 12" between tubers with good results. You probably won't get such big spuds as with wider spacing but we don't use many of baker size so it's not a problem. It's also easier to grow at closer spacing if you don't use the traditional rows and earthing up.
Yes, i noticed last year, when harvesting the main crop, there were gaps in the tubers between plantings, and like you don't want massive spuds. The reason i mentioned the 15" spacing is ,* i've over done the tuber collecting*....