Early spuds are in

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Re: Early spuds are in

Post: # 226762Post bonniethomas06 »

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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Re: Early spuds are in

Post: # 226882Post Millymollymandy »

I'm gonna get some of mine in soon because this sunny dry weather is due to last the rest of the month, and who knows, April might rain every day!

So making the most of it to try to get as much sown/planted as possible whilst the soil is warm and dry and nice to work.

In amongst the gazillions of other jobs that need doing outside of course! :shaking:
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Post: # 227013Post Tru&Ad »

Rocket, Kestrel, Nicola, Maris Bard, Pentland Javelin, Pink Fir and Desiree all in. Thank god I've now got a second plot as first one is spud city :-)
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Re: Early spuds are in

Post: # 227204Post willp »

Mine have been in for about a fortnight now - under a thick mulch in a big cloche.

I`m experimenting with a bit of a no dig approach this year so I just cut down the green manure (rye) in late jan. and covered it up with newspaper. Covered the whole lot with weed fabric and left it with the cloche on to warm it all up and let it all rot down a bit. Planted the spuds just through the paper and added a 5 inch thick mulch. Added some big pots through the mulch at regular intervals for watering too.

Hopefully they won`t need much more attention apart from topping up the mulch, which I`ll do when the first decent amounts of lawn clippings become available- I`ll have a look inside today to see how they`re doing.

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Re: Early spuds are in

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Got my Belle de Fontenay's in yesterday.
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Post: # 227274Post Odsox »

Just noticed that the earlies I put in on the first are all just peeking through. :cheers:
A welcomed sight that means for me that winter is over, although I need to keep an eagle eye on the nightly weather forecasts.
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Post: # 227515Post Henwoman »

I reckon the reason you planted potatoes on Good Friday traditionally, was that in the old days, it was one day you could almost guarantee being off work and able to garden. Certainly my Dad stuck to that tradition, however early or late, as he worked six days a week and so didn't have much free time.

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Re: Early spuds are in

Post: # 227521Post Marc »

Last year I planted them in mid March and on the 6th of May it was minus 4 and they got frosted off. (in Sussex)
I decided not to plant so early this year. Anyway those planted later mainly catch up. I was told by an old farmer to plant by the end of the first week in May or you'll lose 'a ton a week' (that's a ton of yield, per acre)
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Re: Early spuds are in

Post: # 227530Post chuck_n_grace »

Hi,
Nice pic!!

Our spuds are about 6-8" tall....planted about a dozen Russet potatoes 20 days ago. Of course, we are anticipating at least one more cold night so we obtained some fabric to cover the plants like a blanket. Still hoping we won't have to contend with the cold anymore this spring.

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Re: Early spuds are in

Post: # 227936Post Millymollymandy »

Thank god for this forum - I had forgotten to list when I planted my first spuds in my list of what I planted when!

Got some more in yesterday which I think are 2nd earlies, called Delice. They are really delicious!
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Millymollymandy wrote:called Delice. They are really delicious!
That's handy! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Early spuds are in

Post: # 227956Post cideristhefuture »

Mine have been slow to chit dispite the better weather.

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Re: Early spuds are in

Post: # 227985Post red »

only planted ours last week.
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