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Wed Feb 26 2014, 17:35
Aldi now selling 1st early, 2nd early and M/crop at £1-40 a small bag.
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Wed Feb 26 2014, 17:55
I bought some seed potatoes from Home Bargains (I think) a week or two back. Currently in a dark drawer in my shed, waiting to go in bags. I got Charlottes for earlies and can't remember the maincrop variety I got.  Very Happy 
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Wed Feb 26 2014, 18:45
Chit mine in old egg boxes. I know you do not have to: I am just old fashioned.
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Wed Feb 26 2014, 18:49
Whatever works is good Smile

My grandfather had a greenhouse and planted direct into the soil inside. Meant digging out more or less every year, when he could have groen in growbags or pots, which would have been easier. Smile
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Thu Feb 27 2014, 05:12
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I never heard of anyone growing potatoes in a greenhouse before, many are growing in bags and sacks these days, saves so much space although the yields may not always be as good as when grown in the ground.

Ragbru - I always chit my potatoes in egg boxes - just like my Grandad showed me. Very Happy 
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Thu Feb 27 2014, 12:19
I bought a 56lb bag of spuds to eat, I keep them in the garage and some are sprouting, so i'm gonna bag some of those and see what I get  Wink 
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Thu Feb 27 2014, 15:03
Tip I originally got from John and Sally Seymour's book- 'Self Sufficient Gardening'

When you harvest spuds, immediately re plant a few in buckets (or similar) in greenhouse. harvest these Christmas Morning for Christmas Dinner.

Years ago, when I had the space used to grow spud varieties: Ratte and 'Concorde' (not found seed on offer this year)

RHS Aof M Table- good brief description of varieties


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Fri Feb 28 2014, 05:26
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TOM - you are braver than I am, I only ever buy certified seed, although I know many that do as you do.
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Fri Feb 28 2014, 13:59
I did the same last year VG and got good results, the potatoes that were sprouting I cut up into quarters of the potatoe and just buried in the ground,some in tubs and they were beltin'  Wink 
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Sat Mar 15 2014, 12:59
I put in 8 tubers for 'Charlotte' and 2 x 4 of 'King Edward' Smile Hopefully be getting some salad potatoes in a few months Seed potato 709307421 They're in bags.
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Sat Mar 15 2014, 13:30
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Gonna get mine some time this week, not decided on which ones. I wasn't exactly over-awed by the Pink Fir Apples last year, in fact they all weren't great but that was a combination of Thor eating the tubers and watering issues. Laughing 
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Sat Mar 15 2014, 22:02
I've not had decent crops in the last few years, but put it down to the same as you, watering issues.

I'm going to be more vigilant with them this year though.
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Sun Mar 16 2014, 03:57
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It would be interesting to know how much water they actually need, I know if ground is saturated or flooded they turn to mush, and often you see potatoes being unearthed on farms and the soil can look almost parched. If growing in bags it is easy to stick your hand in and have a feel - I know they can dry out within the space of a very hot day.
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Sun Mar 16 2014, 13:37
I was using a watering can per day last year, so about 6 litres per bag. I'll probably water twice a day this year, if it's particularly warm and dry. Going to spend a few hours in the garden today I think, on a general tidy up, planting seeds and so on.
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Sat Apr 05 2014, 12:26
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My brother has given me some of his King Edward seed potatoes and thats as far as I have got this year, need to start sowing some seeds too I'm way behind. flower 

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