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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Planting potatoes

If you follow our blog you'll know we don't plant our potatoes in the traditional way of digging out a trench which then has compost or manure added before the potatoes are placed in the trench which is then backfilled. We prefer the trowel only method.

For our first earlies we don’t plant through weed control fabric. These will be lifted individually as soon as we think there will be a useful crop of tasty new potatoes and weed control fabric means this is rather awkward. They are planted at about a trowel’s depth. We’ve found this gives us good results.

For maincrop potatoes where the crop will be lifted once the foliage has died down we plant through weed control fabric. Once the crop is ready for lifting the weed control fabric is removed and the crop lifted.

Our first earlies are Casablanca and the six varieties of “new to us” potatoes are Cara, Innovator, Isle of Jura, Osprey, Rooster, & Saxon.

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