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Should I try main crop potato in small space


 
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barremic
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:27 am    Post subject: Should I try main crop potato in small space Reply with quote

Hi all,

I managed to grow some lovely Duke of York spuds last year (first earlies), in pots and old compost bags, as i do not have much room for growing.

This year I have planted up my first earlies (orla) and they seem to be coming on well. But I was wondering if I should try get my hands on some main crop potatoes that would keep me going a bit longer. As I am space restricted the 1st earlies seem not to take up much room. and if i got them when should i plant main crop?

Silly I know there are loads of posts out there about spuds, but i am fairly new to this veg stuff

Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:00 am    Post subject: Should I try main crop potato in small space (plant away) Reply with quote

Hi barremic.
Yes you should try growing some main crop spuds in containers. Maincrops are usually planted from mid april onwards, but can be planted a bit earlier in pots.

Try GOLDEN WONDER, one of the best for containers which is flowery in texture and good for mashing or chips

RECORDS are also good for chipping.

KERR'S PINK with their pink skin and flowery texture are good for boiling, baking and chipping

ROOSTERS are great for boiling also.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Blackbird,

I was just nervous that the main crop would be much bigger than 1st earlies.

I found store bought golden wonder awful for chipping, they fell apart.

so maybe will try one of the others. Nice to see so many varieties in the GC's this year too.

Thanks for the advice
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:24 am    Post subject: large containers. Reply with quote

barremic wrote:


I was just nervous that the main crop would be much bigger than 1st earlies.





They will produce a larger crop, so use the largest containers you can find.
Good luck.
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