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Planting Early Potatoes

18 Mar

March-3rd Week

2. Plant Early Potatoes.- Begin planting early potatoes wherever possible. In the south and parts of the midlands doubtless some can be got in now. They should be well sprouted and have the number of sprouts reduced to two, unless you prefer a larger number of small potatoes. Unhealthy tubers should be destroyed. Do not plant any that are suffering from dry rot, as they merely decay in the soil. By planting now, new potatoes can be obtained really early.



With the soil being so warm and dry l decided to plant out some early potatoes under cover. Rain was forecast today but never arrived, however, tomorrow looks awful and l couldn’t waste this opportunity.

I started by adding a good load of leaf mould and a sprinkling of organic fertilizer into the soil.

I then covered the whole bed with black plastic and, through slots cut in the plastic, l planted Belle de Fontenay and Nicola varieties.

The whole bed was then covered with perforated clear plastic pegged and strung down. I have used this method many times in the past and it is fool proof! By May we will be digging up the first new spuds. I know Mr Middleton didn’t have access to these methods but he would probably have brought a few on under glass cloches. Same idea just different materials.

Does anyone have any other ideas for bringing on some early potatoes?

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2 Comments

Posted by on March 18, 2010 in March, The garden, Uncategorized

 

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2 responses to “Planting Early Potatoes

  1. Sean

    March 18, 2010 at 19:50

    Hi, Where is your allotment?

     
    • trevorhunt

      March 18, 2010 at 20:16

      Hi, We live on the North coast of Brittany in France. The climate is very similar to south Cornwall or the Scilly Isles so we are generally a few weeks earlier than mainland UK. The ‘About Me’ section explains more about the garden. Took a quick look at your blog. Looks good. Will take a proper look at the weekend. Is yours an allotment or your own garden?

       

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