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  • Miss BecksMiss Becks Posts: 3,468

    Forgot to ask if I should use just Multi Purpose compost, or a mixture of compost and garden soil.

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Multi-purpose would be best-garden soil might have too many weed seeds and also not drain well in a container-that is my experience anyway

  • Miss BecksMiss Becks Posts: 3,468

    Ok, thanks Geoff. You did well with yours! I'd be happy with that.

  • I have read on here about xmas potatoes being planted now, What is the best variety to plant.?

    I keep looking at my potatoes and am finding it hard to resist getting them up....Ive been growing Charlottes in bags and emptied one of them (had3 tubas in) the other week but only got enough for tea but there were lots of marble sized ones so I'm trying to wait in the hope that I get more from the other.

    I've planted Maris Piper in other bags and it said they were for sep/oct but they have already flowered and the foliage is starting to look a bit worse for wear...What do I do... I have got a Hessien sack ready for storage..but just not sure when to get the up....I have been lead to beleive that the more you water potatoes the bigger they get..any truth in this?

    Thanks, sorry for all the quires but im new to this lark  image

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Let the foliage die down and keep watering-it is a bit early to be lifting main crop yet-they are treated slightly different to earlies like Charlottes.


  • Thanks Sotongeoff....image

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    1st earlies are the one's to get to plant for xmas as they are the quickest to grow to harvest. You need to look sharp though as most are selling out and buying on line means P&P.  

  • Miss BecksMiss Becks Posts: 3,468

    When you are hilling potatoes (Mine are in containers), do you firm down the soil when you've covered the leaves? I covered mine for the first time yesterday morning, totally over the new leaves with compost, and they have grown through already. Admitted, I only put a light covering on, but should I firm it down, or just leave it?

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    Insomnia-I;m sure posters will have diffrent answers to your Q and different methods, I'm certain, work . 

    Once the spuds has been planted, I fill the bag half way with compost, about 9inches, bearing in mind there are stones in the bottom, then there's a layer of compost to lay the spuds on. When they start showing leaves, I cover again with about 2 - 3 inches of compost and keep doing this until the bags are full to about 5 inches from the top.

    If the leaves grow to several inches it becomes more difficult to get the compost under the leaves without breaking them and NO do not firm down the compost, you are likely to break the roots/plant stems! which is what the new spuds grow from.  

    Alternatievly, some posters fill the bag right up to the top after planting the spuds.

    Nows thew time to put in about 4 to 5 short canes into the bag and thread twine around them as a support, the foilage does get quite high and a strong wind will break it without the supports.

  • Miss BecksMiss Becks Posts: 3,468

    Right, gotcha Zoomer. Thanks. Glad you said about the canes. never even gave that a thought. Cheers. image

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