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Desiree Potatoes. Planted March and April 2010.

May 2010:
As they grew I piled them up with horse manure and mulch just leaving a little bit of green poking out.

 
June 2010:
The ones at the back were planted first - about six weeks before the front ones.


July 2010:
This is as high as I mulched as simply ran out of room. I had planted them very near the bottom of this bed (which is two sleepers high).

 

Spuds!– early ones harvested in July.  By August some were twice this big.  

 

August 2010

Potatoes at back all harvested, middles ones being harvested (fresh when I need them), front ones dying back.


I think I planted eight:  three at the back, then a couple of weeks later two in the middle, then a couple of weeks later three at the front.   I probably got around 50 potatoes, so not as many as the farmers get, but certainly enough for my wee family.   And they tasted DIVINE. 

 

September 2010

All died back now, but some potatoes are still hiding in there.  I’ve saved some for this years planting. 

 

 

Storing:

The last of the spuds I’ve kept for this years planting.  I simply stored them in dry sugar cane mulch in a plastic waste-paper basket and left them in my cool dark garage.

 

Despite the damp and heat over summer, they seem to have come out ok.  I’ll plant the biggest four or five this year. 

 

So, that's my potato adventure.  Fingers crossed it was not just beginners luck!

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Comment by Tracy Arnold on March 24, 2011 at 11:33

Elaine - glad you like my hi-tech storage solution!  (I was rather chuffed that it actually worked)

 

Donna - why wait for next year?  It's just the right time to order them now..   or I could give you a few since I've ordered more than I need.. hmm, is there a seed swap coming up?   Probably I should just read the info on the site to find out hey?   

Comment by Tracy Arnold on March 24, 2011 at 11:25

I must admit that when I saw those green leaves I was worried if the manure had added too much nitrogen, but much to my relief there were plenty nice big spuds in there.   I'm not exactly how aged the manure is when I get it (local stable sells it in bags) but it sits here for a couple of months at least before I use it.  As one of the BLF members told me (Elaine I think?) - if it smells like earth it's ready to use, so that's my rule of thumb.  Has worked so far... 

 

Yes, am thinking I might go higher this time.  Good idea about the chicken wire - I'll do that. 

Comment by Scarlett on March 23, 2011 at 15:54

brilliant  :) 

those leaves look lovely and healthy - big and green

i'm interested in your use of manure - was it well aged? i hear manure can cause a lot of top and not much spuds, and also apparently spud roots can be stunted by too much nitrogen (stunting the whole plant) - doesn't look like you had these problems. 

You could go up further using chicken wire maybe, or lots of bamboo stakes jammed in like a cage

Comment by Donna on March 20, 2011 at 8:01
Awesome, maybe next year I'll give them another try!
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 19, 2011 at 17:03
That storage systems sounds like the best I've come across! :-)

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