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Potatoes - Dopey Question No 7

NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,535

? Apart from digging them up how can you tell from the foliage when the spuds  are ready

? Why are they called spuds

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  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 9,408

    I'd always thought when the foliage starts to yellow ? but I am no expertimage  Otherwise you can make a guess by many weeks from planting to harvest depending on what type ?  Give them the length of time and you can always either lift one plant to see if they are ready or part uncover one and look at tuber size.

    As to spuds........I don't know........some sort of crafty acronym maybeimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,616

    Earlies are ready when they flower (but a few types don't flower).  You can feel around in the soil with your hand and if you find potatoes about the size of a hen's egg, then they're ready.   Usually about 10 weeks after planting.

    Apparently the word spud has the same derivation as the word spade and is to do with digging a hole to plant the potato. 


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  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,630

    Nearly right Dove ,close enough,The exact origin of the term is unclear. It may refer to a "spudder," a shovel-like tool used to harvest potatoes, or to a wooden barrel sorters would put small potatoes into when sorting for larger ones. Hows that, take your pick,im going fa the shovelimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,616

    Yeah, but the spudder got its name from the same root as the word spade.  The Dutch and Spanish languages have similar words probably stemming from the Latin word 'spad' for a short sword, which was used as a general purpose tool. image

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  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 9,408

    Dove / Alan.......that's a shame..........I was looking forward to a few hours brain exercise ( cold and wet here ) trying to come up with acronym..........


    Petite.............(earlies anyway )




    On reflection, your derivations are undoubtedly nearer the mark.....image


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,616

    Like it! image

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  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Firstly Newboy, not a dopey questions and if it's is then I'm dopey too (well actually I know that already image) because I was wondering the same thing.

    Personally I prefer the word spud, I think it's such a cute word....and reminds me of watching Bob The Builder with my little boys.....when they were little image



  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,630

    Not a chance in the world,youv made all that up, and i cant see a general digging up spuds with his sword, i recon u got all that from Wiki and you just cant trust it. Oh No and short swords were called gladius after the gladiola plant, and i cant see Marcus Arilious  or whatever his name was digging spuds anyway he had his Roman legumes to do that so there,and its B,Raining, now wot was the original question againimageimage

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Roman legumes image  No doubt they'd bean in the gardenimage

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,630

    I got it straight away,we will have to wait for the ladies to catch up Steve 309imageiv actually got the heating on now and its still raining ere in Norfolk.

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