Planting First Earley Potatoes

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 Sharpes Express planted to-day under perspex roof light with glass panels at each end so as not create a wind tunnell. Also planted some outside. Everything then covered with hessian for frost protection.

We're off and running in the 2014 spud season.

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  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    Our Rockets and Maris Pipers went in last weekend.  Don't know why the Maris Piper maincrop said to go in early March but the King Edwards Mid to Late April??  Presume slower growing. 

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,929

    We had a frost this morning and I was scaping frost of the car wind screen yesterday, me thinks I'll wait a little longer before planting out, it's tempting though. image

  • No expertNo expert Posts: 415

    We'll get frost till May Day at least so I'll have to use frost protection any way so might as well get started. All Sharpes were chitted for a few week so hopefully they will come in a bit before the end of June. home guard still to sow by Monday.

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,470

    Lovely set up there No Expert. Soil looks great!

  • No expertNo expert Posts: 415

    Black silty type. Gets very wet during heavy rain but this area was covered by the perspex sheet so it is fine.

    Also it is a little on the Alkaline side, used some of my compost which has a large proportion of FYM in it plus a little potatoe manure.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,087

    The time when frost matters is when the potatoes grow leaves out of the ground. If you plant too early and the leaves are up before the frosts have finished they will go black.

  • No expertNo expert Posts: 415

    If I was to wait for the threat of frost then I'd get no first earlies in at all.

    Frost blankets at the ready. It's a bit of bother but it is gardening and I've waited a long time to much of that.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,647

    here in North Devon, I planted out all my chitted spuds on Sunday. Despite tons of rain and heavy clay, they soil rotovated well on Saturday.

     

    Devon.
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754
    Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

    The time when frost matters is when the potatoes grow leaves out of the ground. If you plant too early and the leaves are up before the frosts have finished they will go black.

    ...but they'll recover, and possibly grow quicker than the late starters.  Or will they?  I've only had this happen once, and I'm itching to get my Pentland Javelin in.  And Kestrel.....etc etc.

    Which reminds me, I put the PJ in the greenhouse to chit a few weeks ago and although there are signs of growth the shoots are still tiny.  Could it be too warm in there?

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    My gut feeling is that there won't be too many late frosts if the jet stream continues on its current path where it is sweeping up from the south-west.  Haven't heard that there is any expectation of a change in its course.  This comment will probably come back to haunt me - famous last words!

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