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Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

many years ago on holliday in Spain in a restuarant i had the best potatoes ever, the owner said they were Spanish and grown in sand has anybody any knowledge in sand growing or was it a joke the spuds were really great  and i wondered if anyone has any info on good new potatoes i can grow next year  mucho image


  • NetherfieldNetherfield Posts: 120

    Put "growing potatoes in sand" in Google you'll get a lot of answers.

  • I haven't tried a google search, but I do know that Egypt exports a huge amount of spuds and these are largely grown in desert areas.

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

    thanks for the info David K and Netherfield (by the way is that a nottingham accent i dont here)  alan 4711

  • NetherfieldNetherfield Posts: 120

    West Yorkshire Born and Bred.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384

    Seed potatoes for "Jersey Royals" can be bought as "International Kidney" - same thing.  In Jersey, they grow the earlies on sandy slopes to make picking easier and used to feed them by digging-in seaweed before planting, but only a few of the farms still do that.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

    thanks Bob I watched a very interesting video on the net about growing spuds in sand they dig a 100mtr  deep well in the desert  watered the area every 18 hours with sprinklers  used Scottish spuds to grow and Irish peat to save them in and then send them back to old blighty and still made good money ,cant knock can uimage

  • I just harvested my first earlies  They were very nice tasting although on the small side (its this darn weather brought on the dreaded blight so up they came)  anyway  Homeland was the variety of choice this year  I enjoyed them so much im going to plant the same variety again next season

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

    great stuf Sue many thanks ill give them a try

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