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sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 21 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks everyone

I'll pick some of the ones you have recommended and try and remember to let you know how I get on.

GrahamH



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 21 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sgt Colon
The first time I grew potatoes I followed traditional methods, double digging, good results but a lot of hard work.
I suggest you look at raised beds or tubs.
Good luck.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 21 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Graham, I double dug the beds two years ago. Would you suggest I do it again this year where the spuds are going?

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 21 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I wouldn't bother. Admittedly I never get the best results, but if I did that they would be growing in rock chalk.

gz



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 21 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Red Duke of York is lovely, far better than the white version.
Saxon ok for big spuds but nothing special for taste

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 21 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

sgt.colon wrote:
Graham, I double dug the beds two years ago. Would you suggest I do it again this year where the spuds are going?


if it is still fairly open i would plant and then earth up with used, non pre used for solanaceous "acidic" stuff ie old peat based compost

re dig it during/after harvest ready for the next rotation

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 21 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks peeps, glad I don't have to do it again so soon.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 21 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

if it has been double dug and has food for worms they will do most of the future digging for you

dig once, dig twice, hire worms for a small fee paid in wormfood

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 21 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I either trench, moving the earth to the sides between the rows, and earth up with that, or partly trench and add compost as well as earth in the earthing up. As Dpack says, don't use compost or a bed that has been used for potatoes or tomatoes the previous year as that is a good way to encourage pests and diseases.

I assume you have already got the idea of rotation of crops to minimise this.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 21 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

DPack, I'll have a chat to them and see what they fancy for their tea.

I have, thank you MR. No spuds have been grown on the plot since 2017 and then they were grown over the other side as to where I'm going to plant mine.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 21 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

part rotted compost is good currency

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