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I'm with you on planting the spuds. Like yours, mine are already in. They are well mounded, with no growth above ground so should be well protected from frosts. Any danger of late frosts, once growth is well underway, is easily dealt with by protecting with fleece.
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  • I've had my second earlies in a couple of weeks - there's no sign of them popping their heads through yet so I guess they weren't too bothered by last night's ground frost. The maincrop are going in today. I figure the sooner they are in , the bigger they'll be by the time the blasted blight arrives.
    Ian
  • I had planned to plant mine this weekend (Charlottes) but decided that the risk of frost was too great. I'm in the North East of Scotland, and I'm also a novice, so wouldn't want to lose my first crop. Hopefully next weekend.
  • I could do with a spot of advice please! I have never had a veg plot before, this is my first. I have read that you shouldn't add manure to beds for root veg, does this apply to spuds?
  • I'm in Nottingham and plant all potatoes in bags these days as ground space too precious, and I have inherited lots of concreted areas!Got my earlies,Aran Pilot & Dunluce,in a couple of weeks ago.2nd early Anya went in on 28thMarch, but I am holding off on the Main crop Sapro Mira for a couple of weeksas chitting not so advanced on them and it is rather cold.
  • I,M IN S. WALES AND MY EARLIES INTERNATIONAL KIDNEY AND RED DUKE OF YORK WENT IN ON 16TH MARCH. SECOND EARLIES NADINE AND OSPREY WENT IN TODAY 31ST MARCH.
  • The best manure is Cow manure and has a much better aroma. Get your potatoes in now and water well throughout the summer as it is going to be a very hot summer.A bit of cow manure is a great asset to potatoe growth.
  • Mrs G-H, I'm new to Veggie growing too, but I've read that it's mainly carrots and parnips that don't like newly manured soil, as they will tend to fork.
  • hi i need some advise last november i planted about 20 garlic bulbs which have all taken but when will they be ready to harevest?
  • Rob, I planted some garlic round about the same time as you. I Think they will be ready by July.
  • I find most of the 'professional' help quite useless as I don't have the muscles or a strong friend to do all the heavy work like digging clay soil and carry huge amounts of manure into my garden .. so I do it piecemeal. It's all right for the Montys etc of this world who have pretty greenhouses and straight beds already prepared (by avid students?) - I'd like to see them try it in some of our circumstances. My potatoes have gone into a couple of Travis & Perkins huge white rubble bags - tried to guess the spacing and have probably got it wrong.. Monty put three tatties in a compost sack and, as I don't use compost sacks I can't compare that to my rubble bag. No explanation given about how the potatoes grow downwards or sideways or what they do if they meet up with the other tatties down there .. Profs ought to get new students to describe what to do, as they are still fresh to the subject .. Sorry, I'm not generally a moaning minnie, just fed up with a world-full of useless information everywhere you go! Arthritic pensioner
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