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Potatoes - Manure Question

Hi!

I have recently taken over an allotment and (like everyone) getting ready to plant some potatoes in the coming weeks. I've only ever previously grown in big pots, so never used manure etc.

My potato plot hasnt had any manure dug in over winter. So presume it's too late for this now. My question is, when I dig my trenches, can I add some manure below the seed potatoes (provided it's well rotted). My local garden store has Grow Sure Organic Manure 50L bags for sale, would this be ok? Or would using Blood/Fish bone be more suitable, or both?

Any advice greatfully received. Thanks

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  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,079
    LoserBloke says:

    My potato plot hasnt had any manure dug in over winter. So presume it's too late for this now. My question is, when I dig my trenches, can I add some manure below the seed potatoes (provided it's well rotted). My local garden store has Grow Sure Organic Manure 50L bags for sale, would this be ok? 

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    Alternatively, if you just want to grow a few spuds without winning competitions, no, it's not too late to add a bag of well rotted manure to the ground where you intend to plant greedy feeders like potatoes, courgettes, tomatoes or beans. Don't use it where you are going to grow salads, onions or root veg.

    Yes you can dig in a spadeful of well rotted manure under each seed potato as you plant it (and a bucketful under any courgettes, later in the year). 

    Yes the grow sure organic stuff will be fine.

    You can add BF&B as a top dressing if you think the soil is exceptionally poor, or you could try manure this year, see how it goes, use a seaweed or comfrey soluble feed for your plants this season and then adjust your feeding regime next year, depending on what comes up (or not) this year.

    Gardening on the edge of Exmoor, in Devon

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • Thank you very much Edd and Rasingirl.

    Really appreciate the replies that's helped no end! Off to the garden centr I go!

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    Good advise above, spuds also like sea weed, a layer in the bottom of the trench gives them a good start. 

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