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Early Potatoes

23 February 2011 21:39:37
Has anyone been brave enough to plant Early Potatoes under cover yet? Mine have chitted beautifully and I'm rearing to go. 

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chilipepper chilipepper 23 February 2011 21:49:23

Planted ours (Duke of York) in the ground last Monday! there in raised beds so i think they will be fine!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 February 2011 21:54:56

They say that St. Patrick's Day is traditionally the day to get your spuds into the ground. Are they talking about 'earlies' or 'maincrop'  ?

aob9 aob9 23 February 2011 23:06:52

Jacinta.......I always presumed that was for maincrop varieties. I don't grow maincrops anymore, the fight against blight was too stressful. There are a lot of potato growers in my area which probably increases my susceptibility. Luckily, I've always managed to spare my tomatoes though........touch wood!!!!

Ivor Ivor 23 February 2011 23:31:51

Just planted some first early "Sharpes Express" and "Pentland Javilin" in potatoe bags in my glasshouse two evenings ago.  They should get no late frosts in there I hope.  I am trying to find some "Vales Emerald" to also put in bags in the glasshouse to start off. They are a very early cropper and I wish I had got some a few weeks ago.   However I will be putting in more varities and the same outside also in early March.  I even have some "Celine" left over from last years crop which have chitted beautifully and I will sow them just for the crack.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 February 2011 17:18:28

Oops, mine are 'Celine' (maincrop)I hope they don't suffer....

aob9 aob9 24 February 2011 22:28:59

I'm going to plant Maris Bard in the tunnel tomorrow. I also have Swift which I'll put in pots in the glasshouse. 


Jacinta; according to this  http://bit.ly/eRWMsE Celine is a Second Early. :)

Johnplotman Johnplotman 28 February 2011 21:34:50

I have them in the tunnel Anthony,and in time to come,will hope to have some Aubergines after them in that area along with others.Just in a case of frost,when it does call to attack,the sheets of newspaper will protect them.Good luck with all your vegetable growing plans.


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