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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:31 pm    Post subject: Potato advice Reply with quote

Hi, Me and my partner have recently got an allotment and divided it up into beds. We have decided to do 6 beds of potatoes, 2 of earlies, 2 of second earlies and 2 of maincrop. Which types do people think are best for beginners and when should we start chitting and planting each type? Do they all go in at the same time or different times?
Thanks for any help any one can give us. Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get chitin now and get the Early's in by the end of march
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Monkeynic

There's a pretty comprehensive guide to growing potatoes here http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about478.html

My favourite first early is Duke of York, it has the best flavour of any I've tried. British Queens are generally the preferred 2nd early and you can't really go wrong with them in my opinion.

There is a choice to make when it comes to the maincrop. You can either grow older varieties such as record, roosters, golden wonders etc. which require you to spray for blight or grow newer supposedly blight resistant varieties like sarpo mira and sarpo axona which do not need to be sprayed. However it is generally thought that these newer varieties do not have the same flavour as the older ones. As you are growing for the first time this year it might be better to try the newer varieties, meaning you don't have to worry about spraying for blight this year. Whatever you choose to do, best of luck.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice, really nervous about it all messing up. We are trying to stick to older varieties and joined seed savers last year but will take your advice for maincrop thats for sure. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem. In my experience if you give potatoes (and other vegetables) decent growing conditions, they just want to grow, so don't worry about it too much. Even if you make mistakes you are still odds on to get a crop.
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