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Potatoes

Postby aris » Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:28 pm

For a laugh, I took a couple of store bought potatoes (Desiree), and put them in the ground. They seem to have grown quite well, and some of them are even starting to pop up from the soil.

I've read that you should add extra soil on top to keep the potatoes from going green - I shall do that. I'm just wondering when I know it is time to lift them.

I have no idea what i'll find, or what size - it was just an experiment. The green bits which grow on top are quite large, and there are flowers. We've been getting alot of rain, so they have been watered well.

Any other tips? Is it ever too early or too late to dig them up?
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Postby saucisson » Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:41 pm

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profiles09 ... tatoes.asp

Desiree are a main crop so are generally lifted in September, or so I gather, I'm a noobie grower myself this year.

You can lift them once they flower but if you want jacket sized leave them until later.

I bunged some anjas ( or however they are spelt ) in a potato barrel which I then earthed up each time the shoots got to 9"or so.

One house I moved into I discovered potatoes growing and I lifted new potatoes on Christmas day :shock:

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Postby Big Guy » Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:21 pm

Leave them in the ground for 2 weeks after the plant dies off if possible. This will harden the skin and they will store better. just don't expose the dug tubers to any frost. We had a lot of rain this year and all my potatoes drowned and rotted. I replanted June 23 with my left over seed potatoes and they are now flowering nicely. I grow 4 rows (50 meters each) of desire, Kennebec, Shepody and Agria. I like my Agria the best.

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Postby aris » Fri Aug 22, 2008 5:24 pm

That looks great. How many kilos of potato do you get out of 200m of plants?
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Postby Big Guy » Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:37 am

Lots :D I have never really weighed them but I get 5-8 75# bags from each row I guess it works out to about a ton on average. I select the best and biggest for my storage cellar the rest go to family and friends. I save the small eggsized potatoes for seed next year. One year I had a total crop failure and had to rely on store bought. I never knew how good my own taters were until I had to buy the crap they sell .
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Postby Hangin_Salami » Sat Aug 30, 2008 1:05 am

Ok Big Guy,

Next time I head up to grand bend, I'm jumpin on the 21 highway and stoppin by your garden under the cover of darkness!! :lol:

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Postby Big Guy » Sat Aug 30, 2008 3:16 am

The coons and deer did a real number on my corn. I did get one feed before they did. One more robber in the night won't make much difference. LOL Seroiusly if you are in the area stop in. PM me for my phone # and address.
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Postby vinner » Sat Aug 30, 2008 5:35 pm

Too bad about the corn, Big Guy. Nothing I like better than Canadian corn. My brother in law in Ottawa always has some Peaces and Cream variety ready when we visit.
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Postby chorlton » Sat Nov 08, 2008 4:33 pm

We lost most of our spuds this year to Wireworm.
We managed to cut some out but lost about 2/3rds of the crop. Im digging the plot up bit by bit and leaving the chickens in there in the hope they will get them
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Postby porker » Sun Nov 09, 2008 3:11 pm

Don't know how I missed this thread...

I have had a large garden up until a few years ago when I decided it was getting too wet to look after it.

I cut the garden down in size, went deep no dig beds and they are working great.

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Tyres for potatoes

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Tyres mid season...



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Harvest of Navan's...


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And some more of Aran Victory's...

I've found this system to work great in our now so so wet climate.

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Postby saucisson » Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:13 pm

How do you find the tyres Porker, I was thinking of keeping my cast offs for a similar project as I'm due to change mine soon,

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Postby porker » Sun Nov 09, 2008 7:36 pm

Dave, the tyres were a great success ... the secret I believe is to make sure you get low profile tyres, I got 12 x 18'' dia tyres.

I'm certainly gonna get more for next spring, these 12 I'll probably grow peas in ... easy to put wire around.

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Postby alesypalsy » Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:53 pm

Excellent stuff, Does any body know if I could grow these in the tropics? I am in the Philippines and it is hot all year round in the part where I am.
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Postby saucisson » Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:43 pm

I was going to post that I thought you'd be OK, but I see Jenn has given a comprehensive answer in the other thread :)

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Postby Big Guy » Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:37 pm

You would be in a perfect spot to grow sweet potatoes.
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