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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:58 pm    Post subject: Famine in Clare Reply with quote

Following on from my disaster with carrots, the spuds were a worse blow .
I planted about eight vars in small amounts.
5 came from cert seed and 3 from the super market shelf .
The most successful were Gemson purchased at Aldi , a little bag of salad spuds for 1 yo yo (for eating not planting) .

I got black leg, early blight , late blight and every thing else that was going .
To add insult to injury when I dug up the blighted plants I found a little black thing like a small slug had burrowed in and ruined the few good spuds I had left .
I was on Hols in August when the late blight hit, so could do nothing anyway .

The yield amounted to about a bucket full of Gemsons and a bucket full of the rest , my plan was to feed myself and her indoors for a year, its now Oct and we are near the end of the second bucket already .

I did not spray for blight , took a gamble and lost .
The Blackleg was just pure bad luck the blight was my own fault.

What do people spray for blight ?.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I won't spray, Mick. I cover my single row with fleece.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Proxanil. Works for me. No blight this year.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:52 am    Post subject: Compromise Reply with quote

If I wont spuds I might have to compromise on the spray , the organic copper sulphate mix is probably as bad as all the others .
The stuff you use Tagwex, would it be enough just to spray when blight warnings are issued or do you need to spray constantly.

On another note I found a main crop spud "Carolus" which scores 9 of 10 for blight resistance. I got two bags in Tesco last week , I'll try and over winter and if I can not get cert seed in the spring I will use those .
http://varieties.ahdb.org.uk/varieties/view/Carolus

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In blight season i spray every 8 to 10 days. Don't see the point in risking it.
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