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Hoe to improve Potatoe flavour in queens


 
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Michael196
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:18 am    Post subject: Hoe to improve Potatoe flavour in queens Reply with quote

A successful crop of earlies this year of queens, well draining compost soil, no blight threat , no blight spary at all this year. ( mind u current weather might change that ! ). Watered everynight using a timer and leaky hose, about 2 bags sown . slowly working our way through eating them .

feed back is that while floury, they tend to lack flavour. The compost is in a raised bed ,a nd is new compost purchased in from Landscape depot in kiltipper tallaght. mixed with my own poorer sandy soil.


what can i do to improve flavor for next year? was thinking manure over the winter, or seaweed, ( manure easier to come by). Different varieties perhaps ? more flavorsome ?


gldne wonders in also in next patch, hopefully flavour better there. Any suggestions? , past experiences ?

Michael
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

michael the flavour of potatoes or other crops is influenced by the nutrient uptake especially the balance of nutrients, Potassium is especially influential in establishing a good flavour, the balance between Nitrogen and Potassium is important and though good crops can be grown with a poorly balanced soil or compost the quality and flavour may not be great. I presume that the potatoes had reached maturity when you dug them. Stalks should be turning yellow and the potatoes drop off easily from the stalks when mature.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Michael,

yes the stalks were mature, a good 3-4 weeks post flowering. The compost is newly made compost from Enrich in co kildare, and was used on the plot for the first time this year. No other Growmore or any other fertilizer was applied, absolutly nothing else, in terms of fertiliser. SO that is something I shouldd consider for next year. Shouod I go ahead with some cow/ horse manure over the winter, some seaweed also available locally, alterntivly then a potassium bades nurtient additive.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

maturity in terms of the blossom is completely different to maturity of the tubers the tubers should be mature and if the skin is rubbed it should not rub away easily.
if you continue to give animal manures during the winter it is good as regards humus and nitrogen levels but the levels of Potassium need to be raised also.
if the soil is naturally low in Potassium then the only way to raise levels is to add artificially in the form of Sulphate of Potash.
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