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Ben Yezir
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:59 pm    Post subject: Spuds under Plastic Reply with quote

Hi, does anyone know what kind of plastic to use when planting over spuds? Do you need special plastic, or heavy bin liners? Regular ones seem too thin and would let in the light.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fleece is best
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a 3m x 4m heavy duty polythene sheet in B&Q, it cost a few Euro but it will last for years and years if folded-up neatly and put away after use.

I also got 3m lenghts of 3/4" PVC overflow pipe in B&Q and bent them in an arch and stuck the ends in the soil to form a frame for the mini- poly tunnel over my spuds, these pipes will also last for years if stored away after use.

I filled 2L milk containers with sand to make weights to hold-down the polythene sheet over the PVC arches, the plastic milk containers won't damage the plastic like bricks or stones would.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am with Michael Brenock on this and find the fleece best. Saw garden fleece on special offer in Homebase at the week end.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks I will go with Michael on this one.
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