Below are the spuds bought from Bulbs Direct and planted.
PINK FUR APPLE
Description : long banana shape tubers, light pink skin, cream waxy flesh, distinctive flavour. Considered to be worlds BEST salad spud, also roasting, baking, chipping and wedges. Mid-late season. Produces huge no. of tubers (more than kipfer) Moderate Dormancy
Description : Round evenly sized tubers, smooth bright white skin, shallow eyes, white flesh, excellent flavour. Especially ideal for boiling to mash & salads, also baking & roasting. Early to mid-season planting High yielding (8-12 tubers). Short dormancy, quick growing
Description : Regular large round tubers, slightly textured dark red skin, shallow eyes, white flesh with a great flavour. Ideal for boiling, mashing and baking. An Australian bred high yielding variety. Late season planting, quick growing. Medium Dormancy
Description : Oval to pear shaped tubers, smooth creamy skin with pink blotches around shallow eyes, white flesh. Delicious flavour & firm waxy texture. Ideal for roasting, boiling & baking. Medium to late season planting, medium yielding. Moderate dormancy.
SCA potato growing instructions:
Below: 29/09/10 the spuds in the foreground are doing well before the week of torrential rain.
Below: 12/11/10 spuds after the rain - tops have pretty much all died off.
Below: 13/11/10 I've emptied the Lustre (see pics below) but the others seem to be making an effort to grow new shoots.
LUSTRE cropped today. 14 planted, 25 cropped - some tiny, some with rot. These look exactly like the spuds I buy from my fruit shop for about $1 a kg! Considering the cost of the grow bag, potting mix, seed potatoes it's really not viable to grow my own! Fun though :)
13/11/10 Below are the same spuds scrubbed up. I have replanted the tiny ones in fresh soil in the growbag.
OTWAY RED - 6 PLANTED, 15 CROPPED
I baked some that night, very nice. All harvested were in perfect condition.
Cropped the Pink Fur Apple the other day - too difficult to get at them during the flooding rains over the past few weeks.
I ate three (oven chips) - they were a bit soft but still pleasant. The rest (about 20+ small to tiny spuds) I have put into a cloth bag in the pantry for planting out later.
20/03/11 What's left of the King Edward spuds, left in the grow bag too long. Hopefully these little leftovers will grow new spuds for me.
Here I go again!
I've bought seed potato from Green Harvest- playing it safe this time with ones that should do well here - Desiree, Nicola and Sebago. Little boring but I'm sick of failure lol.
The grow bags have been filled with Brunnings Garden Soil this time (instead of potting mix), Dolomite, Organic Xtra, molasses fertiser, Epsom Salts and Potash.
From Kitchen Garden International - click on link for full article:
When flowers appear you can feel around very gently under the plants for new potatoes. "New" simply means small, young spuds which are delicious steamed or fried quickly in a little butter or olive oil. I take only one from each plant so my final harvest will not be diminished. You can do this about once a week and still get plenty of potatoes. It's also a good idea to remove flower blossoms as they appear so the plant's energy is not diverted to seed production.
As the season goes on, the tops of your plants will start to turn yellow and wilt. This means it's almost harvest time. Let the potatoes stay in the ground to cure for about ten days after the tops die back. Do not do this if the weather is very rainy or if you have underground critters like voles which will dine on your crop.
I love to dig up the potato crop! Choose a dry day and have enough non-plastic receptacles ready so you don't have to pile the tubers more than three deep. Non-waxed cardboard boxes are ideal. Heavy or doubled paper bags will work too. You want something which will let air through but not light. Potatoes exposed to light will turn green and be inedible.
If your potato crop is growing in a container, just pull off the dead plants and feel around for the tubers, removing soil as you go. In the garden you may need to use a tool. I use a shorter shovel with a handle. Insert the shovel into the soil far enough away from the plant so you don't cut into any potatoes. Gently lever the blade up to loosen the soil. Remove the shovel. Use your hands to pull back soil and feel around for potatoes. Eureka! What a thrill it is to unearth the big, beautiful spuds! Be sure to probe deep enough and far enough to either side so you don't miss any. Rub off excess soil but do not wash the potatoes.
Still struggling to produce a good crop of spuds. Currently using a minor crop from the latest plantings. This bag growing info from Organic Gardener July/Aug. 2012 issue:
Place 100mm soil to cover bottom of bag. Fold down the sides to allow in sunlight.
Evenly space two or three seed tubers on top, cover with 150mm good moist potting soil.
When first leaves reach 200mm ad more soil, just enough to leave growing tips clear.
Keep doing this as the tops grow, gradually unfolding the sides and pouring in weak liquid manure as the bag fills.
When soil is about 100mm from top of bag stop adding soil but allow foliage to keep growing. Keep well watered.
As tops begin to die back start harvesting.
Emptied out the bag of Nicola this morning.
Very disappointing - I've cropped maybe four or five small spuds from the bag over the last couple of weeks - today there was one small potato in the soil emptied out. Less spuds than I planted in the first place! One rotted large potato. We have had a lot of rain but this is the worst yet.
Latest effort - some shooting store bought spuds.
11.09.12 The store bought spud shoots a few weeks later....along with the pitiful bought seed potato pots. I'm beginning to think the lesson is "keep to the cheap store bought shooters and don't bother with bought seed potato".
Still plodding along using these grow bags but am focusing at the moment on the local store bought spuds that sprout in the pantry and having better success.
Found this pic on a FB page and it's the clearest description I've seen of bag growing:
You can grow potatoes in nearly any kind of container, sometimes low tech actually works better than high tech. The design above can be further improved upon with some holes along the sides to allow the potato plant to sprout in as many directions as it pleases.
Found this wonderfully clear information relating to SWEET POTATO Ipomoea batatas
Check the link at the bottom of the info for how sweet potato reproduce.
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