Today has been dry but I have been doing some much needed cleaning so haven't been out in the garden or allotment. Yesterday and Friday were again a mixture of sun and heavy downloads but I managed to get some things done so do have some things to tell you.
You have probably already guessed that today my potatoes are going to be the star of the show!!
|King Edward main crop potatoes.|
I bought some new potatoes to plant this year too. My readers of old will remember the extensive research I put into growing my new potatoes last year but for any newcomers if you want to check out the post you can find it here.
I did manage to get the new potatoes 'hilled' up over the weekend so they are now all good to go!!
Also a few points about potatoes I think I need to write to give myself some reminders of the 'what not to do's' in the future, and maybe stop any of you making the same mistakes I did!!
You may recall that I didn't get all the potatoes dug up last year. Due to weather the main crop wasn't great and I just left them in the ground. Probably pure laziness on my part more than anything but the decision was made. I then thought I would dig them early this year...but the day's ran into weeks and before I knew what was happening the potatoes were staring to grow again for a second year.
I seriously thought about leaving them there...but this was not the potatoes bed this year but the root bed and I needed the room so I bit the bullet and started to dig.
Well what do you suppose I found??
Potatoes..and plenty of them!! Despite my few plants I dug last year that were very poor and slug damaged it is now obvious to me that this was not the case on all of the potatoes. The problem was that as they had started to grow again and were no good for eating. Plus by digging them up I know that so many potatoes so close together would not have given me good crops at all.
So ...lesson learnt. Make sure I dig my potatoes up all the way along and don't be presumptuous!!