25.04.15 POTATO GROWING WITH LYLE AT SANDGATE COMMUNITY GARDEN
Big thank you to Lyle (Betts) from the SCG for providing a potato growing workshop for our members, though we did have a couple of ring in's from BOGI in the form of Ed and Louise. Always good when other groups can join us.
What an excellent, no nonsense approach Lyle has to growing spuds.
Below Lyle is discussing the properties of certified and regular store bought spuds.
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Below: Some of the group taking a tour through the refugee gardens.
Thank you to everyone who turned up, including Mark and Katrina who came quite some distance from the south side. Good turn out for a very useable workshop. I hope you all came away with some usable hints and we now all have tremendous success growing spuds. I know now I was watering mine too often for starters!
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So grateful to Lyle for running the workshop for us I had high hopes of some success but things aren't going that well.
I had limited space to plant the potatos but did manage to put them in spots that wouldn't get the same amount of watering as the balance of the beds (full of salad and brassicas).
Plants came up. Yay. I mounded them as directed. They grew well and tall but then a couple of them started dying off.
This morning I have "cropped" the tubers for these plants to see what the problem is and this is what I found - something has been chewing on them. The soil was full of little earth worms - would they do this? I'm thinking the answer to that is yes.
There is an interesting website called KENOSHA POTATO PROJECT in America which gives good information about soils and planting etc.
Success at last! This season I stuck with store bought chitted potatoes - bought with soil on, not washed, healthy and whole - planted them out in the decomposing compost pile, mulched some weeks back with composted horse poo and topped with lucerne.
Many plants came up. Most are in the process of producing flowers at the moment so will wait until they have finished as per HOLLIS' INSTRUCTIONS IN HIS VIDEO.
Noticed yesterday that one of the plants was dying so dug around and came up with these below. The biggest is palm sized.
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