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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uncovered the first of the mypex covered potato drills. No weeds and easy to pick spuds out. Only got 10.2 kg compared to an average of 15.3 kg in the dug earthed up drills. Have a few more to do.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just one query, Vincent. Do I assume that, with your Mypex experiment, you cut holes in the fabric so that the foliage could grow through? If so, how did you (presumably) secure the fabric round the foliage (like a collar) to stop light getting through. You see, I'm thinking that, although you only got roughly 65% of the yield using that method, by not needing to leave space between drills to provide soil for earthing up, it ought to be possible to create drills closer together. OK, you'd involve more seed but would use ground space more efficiently. Was there a slug problem? Or did you pellet before laying down the fabric?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:29 am    Post subject: Mypex no dig method Reply with quote

Hi blowin. The seed were planted the standard width from each other as in the earthing up method. You make a good point if I'm not mistaken that I could plant the closer to get more seed in and make up lost yield.
The spuds in both methods had some spuds eaten etc. There's a lot of ants in my garden. Didn't notice many slugs.
The seed was planted 4" deep and I covered with mypex. As the tops grew and pushed up at the mypex I cut a small X shape and coaxed the tops through.
I didn't use any feed prior to planting, only the compost. I don't use slug pellets or pesticides.
I have some sarpo Mira under mypex so it will be interesting to see how they do compared to the blue Danube spud.ill be laying horse manure later in the year and will try again with the mypex not only for spuds but for vegetables in general.
I was constantly weeding during the year and I had it under control but I'd be happier without the weeding. Development of the soils fertility is the goal.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh I didn't use a collar to surround tops growing through. There were no green potatoes due to sun light.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, Vincent. Interesting, but whereas I rarely see ants, slugs are a different matter. I'll have to put my thinking cap on.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the face of it that method seems to be a lot of extra work for very little, if any, gain.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:56 pm    Post subject: Mypex no dig method Reply with quote

On the contrary. There's no hard work at all once the ground has been prepared. In the future the ground will be manured and more fertile.
This was the first test. It can be altered to suit ones needs. When I'm older I won't be suffering with being bent over digging potatoes up. Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh yes on a bowl full of piping hot Charlotte taters or some fresh crusty bread (Homer Simpson drooling sounds agghlahgh!)
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:52 pm    Post subject: Mypex no dig method Reply with quote

Hi Sue. Yeah I had Charlotte's earlier in the year. Lovely. Just add butter and sea salt.yum
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:28 pm    Post subject: Mypex no dig method Reply with quote

Update. I took up the mypex on three sarpo Mira potato plants under the mypex. The results were great. Loads of big spuds. I was able to remove the soil around the spuds by hand. No digging or sore back. Very tidy to work with. Not a single weed. There was hardly any damaged ones compared to the blue Danube type.
I was talking with a horticulturalist and she put the predation on the other spuds down to a type of worm found in soil that hasn't been growing veg and just covered by grass as was the case with me.
The sarpo Mira is known for pest and blight resistance as well. So imo the no dig method can be successful for spuds.

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