planting potatoes

I have grown winter brassicas on my veg plot and would like to know if I can plant potatoes, this season, where the brassicas where, or if it will affect the potatoes. Can anyone answer this question please.

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  • LeggiLeggi Posts: 489
    You'll be fine to plant potatoes after any brassica. Problems tend to occur when you repeat plant with varieties from the same family.



    As a rough guide you have three groups, brassicas, potatoes and then everything else. It's a good idea to rotate between the three groups to prevent build up of any disease in the soil.
  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    I like the acronym People Love Bunches Of Roses for crop rotation - Potatoes, Legumes, Brassicas, Onions/Roots, in that order.



    But as Leggi says, not growing the same crop repeatedly in the same patch is the key.
  • has anyone heard of growing them in hay. I think I will try this , and see how that goes.You dont have to dig! Just put down a layer of newspaper then the potatoes then some compost and layer with hay,  as they grow more hay . til harvest time.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,091

    Potatoes and tomatoes are the same family and can both get blight so don't plant tomatoes where potatoes have just grown. But this wasn't your question!

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806
    debra kazalski wrote (see)

    has anyone heard of growing them in hay. I think I will try this , and see how that goes.You dont have to dig! Just put down a layer of newspaper then the potatoes then some compost and layer with hay,  as they grow more hay . til harvest time.

    I have heard of this- never tried it -found this

    http://voices.yahoo.com/growing-potatoes-hay-bales-7494224.html?cat=32

    Be interested to know if it worksimage

     

  • Hi Geoff I will try both in dirt and hay and see what happens. Debra

  • hi jon I went on the site you provided.Its very good Ta Debra

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,613
    jon cob wrote (see)

    debra kazalski growing potatoes in straw or sand is good way to get poor production

    I'm confused - the site you recommend states that the straw mulch method produces nearly as good a grop as the traditional 'Hilled rows' method image 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    The straw idea in the link does sound encouraging, but I'm wondering how the straw stays in situ if it's blowing a hooly.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,613

    Having grown up on a farm, it wouldn't need to blow very much for the straw to be all over the place image

    Potato farmers grow potatoes in the soil - I'm sure that if there were a better/cheaper/more productive way they'd be doing it - especially with the price of agricultural land as high as it is, in the UK anyway.

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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