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Early spuds are in

Post: # 224970Post Odsox »

There's a rule of thumb down this peninsula that you plant your early potatoes on the 1st of March and start digging them on the 1st of June.
Normally I'm a week or two late, although 2009 I was a week early, but this year I'm spot on.
I didn't intend to put them in today but was spurred into action by the sight of the farmer down the road planting his commercial crop.

Coincidentally, the row of Charlotte I planted in the tunnel on the 3rd Feb are just poking through today, so with a bit of luck and some decent weather, they will be ready on May day. :cheers:
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Blimey, my Charlottes are only just chitting :shock:
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Damn it! I missed the local potato day... Time to pull some from my remaining stores I guess. Man, I'm so disorganised this year...
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pelmetman wrote:Blimey, my Charlottes are only just chitting :shock:
Another reason I planted them today, the Maris Bard first earlies were in the act of climbing out of the tray to plant themselves :lol:
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I planted mine early last year (2010). The cold weather did them no good at all and they were slower starters than those planted later...

so I'd say go for it if (and only if) you can guarantee mild weather for March !

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dave45 wrote:I planted mine early last year (2010). The cold weather did them no good at all and they were slower starters than those planted later...

so I'd say go for it if (and only if) you can guarantee mild weather for March !
Well, I do have the advantage of a micro-climate similar to the Channel Islands Dave, maybe Lancashire is a bit different. :iconbiggrin:
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You know, in all of our planning, I didn't allocate any space for potatoes. I mean, we have some spuds to plant...just didn't think about space.

Any of you grow them in buckets before? 5 gallon buckets?

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chuck_n_grace wrote:
Any of you grow them in buckets before? 5 gallon buckets?
Our earlies have always been a success but mains tend to suffer with scab, particularly round the outer edges (maybe the sun dries them out a bit quick)

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chuck_n_grace wrote:Any of you grow them in buckets before? 5 gallon buckets?
I usually do some first earlies in bags in the greenhouse, and the bags I use are certainly smaller than that. Might not manage this year as the greenhouse is full of crap that was in the shed prior to demolition, and it might take a while to get the new shed built...
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Odsox wrote:There's a rule of thumb down this peninsula that you plant your early potatoes on the 1st of March and start digging them on the 1st of June.
Normally I'm a week or two late, although 2009 I was a week early, but this year I'm spot on.
I didn't intend to put them in today but was spurred into action by the sight of the farmer down the road planting his commercial crop.

Coincidentally, the row of Charlotte I planted in the tunnel on the 3rd Feb are just poking through today, so with a bit of luck and some decent weather, they will be ready on May day. :cheers:
Speaking of folklore / rule of thumb etc in the north east you put your spuds in on Good Friday. Mine are still chitting away nicely ready for some good weather and a few sacks.
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chuck_n_grace wrote:You know, in all of our planning, I didn't allocate any space for potatoes. I mean, we have some spuds to plant...just didn't think about space.

Any of you grow them in buckets before? 5 gallon buckets?

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Big Al wrote:Speaking of folklore / rule of thumb etc in the north east you put your spuds in on Good Friday.
That's a bit hit and miss isn't it Big Al, Good Friday can vary from March 20th to April 23rd.
You must have some late taters up your way some years :iconbiggrin:
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I was just going to say the same thing! :iconbiggrin:
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My FE's went in a fortnight ago. I have two rows in the patch, some in the polytunnel and two in a large box inside our house porch. The inside ones have sprouted above the compost already!

My earlies are Rocket, Pink Fir and my favorite, Red Duke of York.
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My Charlottes basking in the gorgeous sunshine this afternoon. :cheers:
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