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Growing potatoes in raised bed vs grow bags


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

apprentice,

I put my first earlies down in the raised beds also last week.

What tups are you looking for?.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lius
just wondering is there anything i should add to the compost to help them develop..also do.i need to spray the drills with anything?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

apprentice,

I never tried your method but it sounds like it should work fine as long as you used good compost that has plenty of nutrients in it, spuds are very hungry fellas.

Weeds growing up out of the grass under the compost could be a problem, I would have laid a strip of weed control fabric down first but you might be ok.

You will have to earth up the haulms as the spusd grow, you could do that with more compost which will help to keep them well fed.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:48 pm    Post subject: Spuds in raised beds Reply with quote

I put 24 Orla seed potatoes that had nice green eyes about 1" long into a "no dig" raised bed today. Planted them about 4" down in neat last years pig muck and straw and back filled with some old dry poly-tunnel compost. I gave them a sprinkle of sheep muck tea and covered them with straw and then recovered the bed with silage wrap for a few days until hopefully the temperature will start to climb. If the ice age continues I'll be putting the rest inside in bags.
I might try and devise a system of cloches for the raised beds as I'm convinced all this dry weather can only be followed by a double monsoon season.
Ps.. Just taken the cover off the bed hoping for some rain tonight.
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