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I am in the North of 56 , I grow potatoes the easy way ( for me) . Always a good crop to last through Spring .
Prepares the ground and use ground cover fabric over it .
I plant Sarpo Mira, virtually blight free , through spaced holes, using a bulb planter .
No weeding needed , the cover preserves moisture in the ground as well .
The variety is also resistant to slug damage , so not had major problems .
I have also tried Charlotte , had the bight , and International Kidney – little taste without using seaweed !
So how do you do all the “earthing up” business that seems to be the main perceived wisdom for spud production? My problem (one of them anyway) is that by the time the spuds start to show the weeds have already staked their claim on the whole area.
Hi, we have been growing spuds in 22 for 15 years. Most of the advice above is good. The big problem is frost in the Spring and blight in the summer. Most varieties of spuds need about 120 days from planting to harvest. The blight always seems to arrive early to mid July, so to miss the blight you have to plant in mid March, so there is a risk of frost. We aim to plant about 14 March, if the soil is dry enough. Then we have to look out for ground frost, which can occur in April or May. If a ground frost is likely we cover the spuds up with old sheets etc. This is a pain… A ground frost can occur if the minimum temperature is 4 degrees or lower AND the sky is clear AND there is no wind. I’ve got quite good at guessing now. Some years there are no frosts, and other years there are quite a few.
We haven’t found a way of avoiding the blight. The only good thing is that the blight does not affect the potatoes, only the green bit above ground.
I’ve heard that a solution of from 250 mg to 500 mg of uncoated aspirin mixed with 4.5 liters of water and spray onto your potatoes and tomatoes two to three times a month is pretty effective in keeping blight at bay – IF one does it before the first sight of blight that is.
Hi < I still stick to my format of growing Sarpo Mira, or Axona , under ground control fabric , plant in March , no weeds problem , blight free, just let them grow and harvest later in Summer , when everyone elses potatoes have collapsed to the ground with blight !
They store well , not bought a potato for a few years now , always enough in storage .
Same with outdoor tomatoes , lost most over the years due to blight , tried Ferline , reasonably blight resistant , BUT now only grow Crimson Crush outdoors , the only true blight free tomatoes … never failed . Not cheap to buy the seed , but worth every penny .. too many tomatoes to use most years .
Contact me for advice if needed .. have learnt over years of growing most things in Brittany ( N Morbihan )
Isn’t that what you were looking for? Sorry, if I got it wrong.
Not seen Crimson Crush tomato seeds here yet , I pre-empted Brexit and ordered extra packets from UK before the end of December .. they are in date for another 2 years !
Now I have noticed Sarpo Mira potatoes for sale here last month ‘Mildou Resistant’ the tray said , I am sure that the Crimson Crush tomato seeds will soon be available here …. if not I will look at getting some on my next UK visit .. ‘for personal use ‘
We grew Sarpo Mira a coupe of years ago. Excellent crop, they did as it said on the tin – mildew resistant. But I have to say that they were the worst potatos we’ve every had. Almost impossible to cook. Went straight from rock hard to wallpaper paste, and didn’t taste very good either.
We now grow some earlies in pots in the greenhouse, outdoors under cloches, and then later in tubs or rows outdoors. We also grow a maincrop, but again fairly early to avoid the blight problem.Anonymous2nd April 2021 at 5:55 pm #547983
Years ago in England we lived in a potato growing area. Was horrified the first year living there when roads were closed due to crop spraying planes spraying dilute sulphuric acid to kill off the foliage before they were cropped.
I planted several tubs of potatoes of different types in containers in the cellar using the straw method recommended by the helpful gardeners on here. They have been in the sous sol under a growing light. I have not watered the stems or foliage and all and only sparingly watered the straw. The plants most definitely have not been subject to frost, however on inspection I now have a number of the plants with black, dead and dying leaves in the manner of blight. Any suggestions please and thank you. The plants are just showing the first small flowers.
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