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Message from Wendy

In forum: Edible gardening

Thanks for your advice Chris

  • Posted: Sun. 1st February 2009 12:17

keep them dark and cool

Message from Cris

In forum: Edible gardening

Hi there - it would be a nice idea to be able to plant them out successionally in this way- it all depends on how the seed potatoes were treated before you got them. If they have already been exposed to light they may already be waking up. If they have been kept cool and in the dark up until now than you could carry this treatment on and try to chit them a few weeks apart. Keep an eye on them - and if you see them starting to shoot you need to get them in the soil.

You could use a compost bag - starting out with the bag rolled half way down - and topping the soil up ("earthing them up") while slowly unrolling the bag. They need earthing up by about 30cm or so. You could do the same in a bin - starting lwith soil in half the bin - topping up the soil to cover the shoots as they grow.

Best to share/swap with friends and neighbours so that you can have some different varieties that all go in at different times. In case you didn't know, you can get early- mid- and late season potatoes.

All the best!

  • Posted: Sun. 1st February 2009 11:56


Question from Wendy

In forum: Edible gardening

Hi, I want to grow potatoes this year. As the tubers are normally sold in packs of 20, could I start chitting say five of the tubers and keep the other 15 to plant successionally four weeks apart? How long will the tubers keep before going off? I would like to try growing new potatoes as well as general purpose ones. Also, will all potatoes grow happily in potato sacks or even an old plastic bin? Many thanks.

  • Posted: Sat. 31st January 2009 19:00

More potatoes

Message from Johnnie

In forum: Edible gardening

Having said that I wasn't impressed with Kestrel I did have great success with Swift - absolutely excellent!
Instead of Maris Piper I'm also going to have a go with Maris Peer - anybody had any experiences good or bad?

  • Posted: Tue. 6th January 2009 22:43


Message from david warman

In forum: Edible gardening

hi my name is dave i grow maris piper potatoes in my garden and i found them to be really good have you thought about changing the type of potatoe you grow that might help
belfast northern ireland

  • Posted: Sat. 13th December 2008 12:19

Misbehaving Kestrel

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Edible gardening

Hi, Johnnie and John,
So frustrating when all that work gives you a disappointing end! Intrigued by your dilemma, I did a little 'digging' as to what might be causing the problem. I am not an expert on growing spuds, but what I found was interesting. Most places selling Kestrel call it a good all-rounder but they do state they are best for roasting and baking - implies they aren't good when boiled. Blogs and allotment forums have indicated they are not the easy-going growers and cookers as proported - and that they aren't the best for boiling. One went so far as to say he would never grown them again but changed his mind since they are so good at resisting slugs and snails. I did find this little bit of advice at http://www.potatoesnb.com/consumers/faqs.asp
about any variety of potato disintegrating when boiled:

'If your potatoes are disintegrating when boiled, cook them 5 minutes less than you normally would and drain them quickly. If potatoes are produced during a very dry growing season, they will tend to have a higher than normal solid content and less moisture. When these are cooked, they absorb more water than usual and, as a result, fall apart at the end of cooking.'

Hope some of this info has helped. Please let me know if the boiling for 5 minutes less helped.
Good luck!
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 16th September 2008 10:44

"Kestrel" potatoes

Question from Johnnie

In forum: Edible gardening

I grew Kestrel potatoes this year and were a great disappointment. Supposedly good all-rounders they disintegrated on boiling or even steaming though did okay roasted (from raw). Anybody else come up with this problem?

  • Posted: Sun. 14th September 2008 18:51

getting ready to grow veg

Message from Emma

In forum: Edible gardening

Hi there. I'm a novice at growing veg and hope to start myself maye later this year but certainly next. I asked a coleague at work for tips and she recommended planting potatoes to break up the soil... not sure if this will help you but if it works it'll save your back!

Good luck

  • Posted: Wed. 26th March 2008 14:10

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Message from Palustris Catz

In forum: Tomato blight

You can use the compost as a mulch on anything other than Tomatoes, potatoes or Solanum crispum in its various forms like Glasnevein etc. The spores from blight are persistent in the soil.
Next year do as we do to help reduce the blight, do not allow any water to splash up from the soil onto the lower leaves. If necessary remove the bottom leaves as the plant grows. This is a bit hard with bush tomatoes, but there if you are really bothered you can grow them through plastic laid on top of the soil and water using pipes pushed into the soil.

  • Posted: Sat. 15th September 2007 18:12