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DiggerDanDiggerDan Posts: 3
edited May 2020 in Problem solving
First of all hello and thanks for reading my first post.

I've been gardening for a few years, causing untold trauma among undeserving fruit and veg but generally getting on well.

I'm an Irish gardener and thus love my spuds and normally like to have my spuds in the ground by the 17th of March. I've redone my veg patch and gone for main crop varieties instead of the usual earlies and the Desiree have just poked through. I've been hit by blight a couple of times and know that horrible diseased look of well established potatoes but have never had any other issues.

I was taking in the joy of my newly sprouted foliage today only to notice that the majority of the new growth poking through is black and wilting. It's only just an inch or so above soil level.

I'll try and get a picture up later but can anyone throw any light on my problem please? 

PS can anyone help me change my user name - I followed the guidence and it says the screen name is saved but I see the old one I don't want to use (old and I just joined :rolleye: )


  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener Posts: 1,229
    It's probably frost damage depending on where you are. Mine have also blackened this week but I think they'll recover.
  • DiggerDanDiggerDan Posts: 3
    Great! Thanks for the speedy reply, we had a wee blast of frost the other night, never seen it do harm like that before. 

    I was worried it was some horrible new disease I'd found to make life more difficult in the garden! Thank God I held off uprooting them.
  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,238
    Hello @raffsfp and welcome to the forum ,

    Just a thought .... the new growth might have been caught by frost.

    Bee x
    Gardener and beekeeper in beautiful Scottish Borders  

    A single bee creates just one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • Pauline 7Pauline 7 Posts: 2,215
    Hi @raffsfp I can't help with the spuds, but with the name change, I have never changed mine , but some people say that you have to log out and in again for it to change.
    West Yorkshire
  • DiggerDanDiggerDan Posts: 3
    Hi Pauline 7, as you may have noticed my name has changed thanks to your help.
  • Pauline 7Pauline 7 Posts: 2,215
    You're welcome @DiggerDan
    West Yorkshire
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