Is it alright to put potato stalks and leaves in the compost bin



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,618

    Absolutely fine as long as it's not blighted. image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • PottingPeatPottingPeat Posts: 26

    Thanks just had my first pan full today-delicious

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,220

    What variety are they?

    Last year nearly all varieties were tasteless but I think that was due to the soggy summer.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,930

    image...was thinking of delving into a bag of spuds to see what was there myself, but will wait until July....there's been no blight alerts this year...and my spuds are looking really lush on top...image 

    ...sounds like you are enjoying your's early.....    

  • PottingPeatPottingPeat Posts: 26

    l planted rocket and charlotte.  The rockets were a bit small so will for a bit longer,

    charlotte was good sizes so will probably eat these first.

  • At what stage do you start harvesting. I have charlottes which are flowering now and growing strongly.image

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,930

    Depends when you planted the spuds out but Charlotte, I think are 1st earlies.

    1st earlies are ready for harvest 10 wks after planting out. 2nd earlies 13wks and maincrop 15 to 20wks. It's not an exact science though, if you planted out early and the spuds were hit with a frost this could slow their growth down, by up to 2wks.

    Spuds are ready when they have flowered and the foliage starts to die back. Harvesting earlier means the spuds are likely to be smaller and harvesting later a little bigger. 

    2nd earlies skins will harden if left in the ground making them better to store although maincrop are the one's usually grown for storage over winter.      

  • waltwalt Posts: 3

    I have grown charlotte the last 5 years, they are delicious spuds,i usually wait till the flowers have died off before i start digging them for the first meal of these great potatoes.


  • Thanks zoom and wait... not long now then... to wait, I mean... shall i get my coat?

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,930

    It's the 1st on Monday image, fortunatly I'm away tomorrow and going to a barbie on Sunday.

    I've seven bags and a couple of random spud plants. One growing in amongst the beetroot and noticed today, another growing, out of a bag for the tip behind the GH. 

    Don't forget to close the door Wwimage


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