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Can you eat the small potatoes?


 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:55 pm    Post subject: Can you eat the small potatoes? Reply with quote

Hi all

Sadly my potato leaves have gotten blight so I have decided to go ahead and harvest before the tubers get it.

I have some nice sized spuds and then some smallers ones, some marble size and some slightly bigger than marbles but not the same as a golf ball!

Can you eat these?

Also can I grow anything else (obviously not solance family) in the soil?

Thanks

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brassicas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brassica
or
Pulse (legume)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulse_%28legume%29
legume are good for fixing nitrogen in the soil

or you could grow a crop of green manure
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_manure

small potatoes are ok to eat

what varieties of potatoes did you grow?

I am growing Sarpo Mira' maincrop. they are good against blight
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Belfast

Thanks, just enjoyed a lovely dinner of my new (small) potatoes. They were delish. I grew Colleen which were supposed to be blight resistant. Fortunately it doesn't seem to have spread to the actual tubers.

Going to harvest gradually as I need them in the hope that they grow a bit bigger!

Not a fan of brassicas so legumes it is! Yum!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your near the sea, well, the Atlantic at least, use seawater to boil small new spuds - delish.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simnoj: lived beside the sea all my life and never tried boiling spuds in seawater. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for the tip Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a thought, Sundew, I see you live in Dublin..... there may be quite a difference between fresh Atlantic seawater and the Irish Sea variety.........
Just be careful where you collect it from or you may get more than just well-flavoured potatoes !
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