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  • 10th April 2021 at 10:49 am #548615

    Is there a possiblity the straw was contaminated with blight spores from last year?  I notice that growers are advised not to grow spuds in the same place the following year of a blight because it remains in the soil.

    10th April 2021 at 10:56 am #548617

    It is always a posibility but the actual straw I used was sold as treated and in a vacum pack. I also though blight was supposed to appear later. I keep trying different things and every year its the same outcome.

    I think I will start of some beans.

    10th April 2021 at 8:51 pm #548673

    That’s disappointing Bonjour, it does sound like dampness or something doesn’t it? Is it possible that the growing light could have caused some sort of condensation? I don’t know anything about growing lights, just a thought.

    Because we don’t use very many potatoes (have to keep them to a minimum for Mr F’s diet) but do like the treat of a few new ones I never pay out for seed potatoes, I just save in egg trays in the boiler room the bought potatoes that start to sprout and put those in, we always have a nice little crop of new potatoes. I’m going to try Babeth’s method this year!

    12th April 2021 at 7:28 pm #548858

    I used to plant them in may, but my dad told me they were planting spuds begining of april, when he was young in the east of France.

    Here is the first episode of the “pommes de terre sur gazon”

    Bill has streamed the grass as far as he could, and we’ve put the potatoes that have germinated on the ground (potatoes we bought to eat, no idea of the variety). We could have cut them more, but this is plenty for us.

    12th April 2021 at 7:30 pm #548859

    Then we’ve covered them with earth, freshly dug by a mole enjoying our garden (helpful little things …. :whistle: )


    12th April 2021 at 7:32 pm #548860

    Covered the lot with grass cutting that we have kept, watered the lot, next lay will be with fresh one

    12th April 2021 at 8:00 pm #548861

    Looks good Babeth :good:

    12th April 2021 at 9:31 pm #548865

    Thank you Deboer. I forgot to say, we’ve put metal stick with string all around, to avoid our dog to destroy the lot in less than 1 minute !

    13th April 2021 at 2:00 pm #548907

    I’ll follow your lead then Babeth and put ours in this week!

    25th April 2021 at 5:12 pm #549600


    25th April 2021 at 7:34 pm #549609

    Magic is happening  Babeth . :yes: :yes:

    Our second lot have just come up , but we grow ours the “standard” way . :-)

    1st May 2021 at 6:17 pm #549910

    Doing ours three ways @babeth, and at this precise moment, the ones which were originally planted in bidons and then transferred out into a no dig bed, seem to be doing the best.

    13th May 2021 at 4:56 pm #550699

    One month later

    13th May 2021 at 6:16 pm #550708

    They’re coming Babeth!

    13th May 2021 at 8:31 pm #550712

    My potatoes went in on 11 March are coming on nicely. 60 healthy looking plants. I returned to charlottes this year after trying another variety last year which were a bit of a disaster. They are all in the ground in the traditional way, but I am impressed with Babeth’s novel method. Might give it a try next year with a few to compare the results. The problem is that my sit-on mower presently ejects the cuttings up in the air to disperse them. I can change that so that that they eject sideways in rows.

    14th May 2021 at 9:10 am #550722

    I’ve never done spuds, but my home grown garlic is pretty impressive!

    14th May 2021 at 12:20 pm #550729

    Quick question about the grass clipping method. When do you stop adding grass clippings? (Our bed is now about the same height as fruitcake’s.)

    14th May 2021 at 5:36 pm #550756

    The grass clipping is going to go down (transformfing into compost) and the potatoes will still grow up. The good balance is to keep it as the look it would have if they were in the earth (“normal” method”).

    Here is a well documented article

    15th May 2021 at 9:28 am #550785

    Basically, I guess the grass cuttings are just doing the earthing up that I would be doing with a hoe, just nowhere near as back-breaking!

    16th May 2021 at 3:07 pm #550899

    My potatoes photographed 2 days ago. I have 8 rows, each with 7 or 8 plants. They’re bigger now!

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