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Walthamstowblue Posted on 20/05/2020 18:46
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I was given some chitted spuds about 6-7 weeks ago, maybe 2 months.

As we only have a small garden I've put them in some deep plastic potato grow bags.
As I've read, every time the leaves emerge I cover them again with muck.

They're now growing faster than my 11 year old son, every day I have to put more muck on top.

I've read somewhere about them being ready when the plants have flowered, but how do I know when to just let the plants flower, because at the minute I just keep putting more muck on them, everyday.

Genuine advice much appreciated
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kpbw Posted on 20/05/2020 18:55
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Stop putting the muck on the spuds and put it on your lad. He'll be taller than you in next to no time. HTH.
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SohoFox Posted on 20/05/2020 18:56
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Sorry never grown spuds in potato grow bags.
Its called "earthing up". But at some stage you have to stop and let the haulm (leaves) grow and let the flower shoots develop.
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Walthamstowblue Posted on 20/05/2020 19:02
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I've got nothing to lose now, so shall I carry on?

When do i stop earthing up though. At the minute I could just be earthing up ad infinitum
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SohoFox Posted on 20/05/2020 19:11
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Is the earth/muck coming up to near the top of the grow bag?
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borebage53 Posted on 20/05/2020 19:29
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This could have been a Gerry quiz question about the potato famine!
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Walthamstowblue Posted on 20/05/2020 19:54
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Well,
It was, so I've put some cardboard from the mountain we have from the Mrs Amazon deliveries, to bolster it a bit around the edges. So there's now about another 6 inches of card before the plants teach the top.
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Walthamstowblue Posted on 20/05/2020 19:56
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Well,
It was, so I've put some cardboard from the mountain we have from the Mrs Amazon deliveries, to bolster it a bit around the edges. So there's now about another 6 inches of card before the plants teach the top.
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Walthamstowblue Posted on 20/05/2020 19:59
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To be honest, they're not in grow bags. They're in some recycling tubs I got from Lewisham council years ago.

I didn't realise how much I would have to earth up, hence the putting on of more compost every night.

& my nails are ditched in
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sabredunce Posted on 20/05/2020 20:05
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watch your ass. sin, Brian May
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whissyfox Posted on 20/05/2020 20:58
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I grew some last year in bags so if you have got a depth of a couple of feet of soil/compost just stop adding anymore and let the top growth just continue growing.
As you say in a few weeks you will see flowers and when they drop you can check the harvest by delving in the soil to see if the spuds are big enough to empty out !
They will need watering almost every couple of days to produce a decent yield...they should taste great !
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LeicesterRino Posted on 20/05/2020 21:05
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Nip to Tesco and buy some Jersey Royals
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SohoFox Posted on 20/05/2020 21:32
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Rino - why discourage folk from growing their own food?
One day not too far off when the whole world economic infrastructure has collapsed it might be the only route to avoiding starvation will be to grow your own food or die.
Why ridicule people's attempts to fend for themselves?
One day not too far off Tesco might be an empty shell.
Then what will you do?
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TheAddersFox Posted on 20/05/2020 21:46
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Stop earthing them up now but cover if they're is any late frosts as it will penetrate more than in the open ground, keep well watered
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SohoFox Posted on 20/05/2020 22:08
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We had to sort ourselves out re the frosts last week.
We were OK - managed to cover the spuds with fleece. Only minor burning of some leaves.
But down the allotment a few plots away a young very keen Polish guy had gone a bit too early with his spuds.
They all got done pretty badly.
He was so upset.
But wait! A week later and all these green shoots are coming up amongst the burnt shrivelled leaves.
Looks like he may have got away with it!!!
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neverbemastered Posted on 20/05/2020 22:31
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yes, be will have got away with it. However don't earth up too much from the sides, the last thing you want to do is expose the tubors or make the soil thin you will end up with some green spuds.

And you don't want that as there is nothing better than home fried allotment chips.[^]
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northleicsblue Posted on 20/05/2020 23:08
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When you start to get spuds keep a look out for any near the top of the soil. They will need covering with soil or they will go green
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LeicesterRino Posted on 21/05/2020 06:58
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Soho, if Tescoís shelves become empty Iíll go to Sainsburyís

I havenít ridiculed any one, I just donít see the point in growing some foodstuffs and yet still going to a shop to buy other (often imported) food

Of course we could discuss the socioeconomic effects on potato growers and their employees but that would be boring
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Walthamstowblue Posted on 21/05/2020 07:48
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I've watched up 2 almost 2 feet.
So I'll leave them now & let nature take its course, once the flowers have dropped, have a rummage around the bottom & see what I can come up With, whilst still watering regularly.

Thanks for the advice, much better than a Monty Don video.
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Walthamstowblue Posted on 21/05/2020 07:58
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& Rhino,

It's just a bit of fun for the family. We're not Tom & Barbara Good, just plant a few things down the side of our little garden, with varying degrees of success.
Nothing extravagant, just a few strawberries,gooseberries, runner beans & herbs.

I've never tried spuds before,& as has been proven above, it's better to ask someone who has been growing them for years rather than reading it off the web.

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Drew-Peacock Posted on 21/05/2020 08:17
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This is not the wrong login, there's a reason for this

Walt there was no criticism intended just a bit of gentle ribbing about old codgers down the allotment etc.

I will never understand why people like gardening in the same way that I hate DIY It just seems so much easier to go to a shop and get everything you need at the same time.
One of the things that always intrigues me is way people grow more than they can consume and then have to give it away. As you say if you enjoy it then that's weird but OK by me after all some people support Coventry
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whissyfox Posted on 21/05/2020 08:50
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Home grown produce has the benifits of better taste and the knowledge of knowing what or if has been chemically applied too.

There is nothing finer than the first new potato on your plate straight from the garden.. delicious !
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Drew-Peacock Posted on 21/05/2020 09:03
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I prefer mine cooked
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Walthamstowblue Posted on 21/05/2020 11:23
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No offence taken Drew.

Funnily enough the old man always grew far more veg than he needed.
Which was great for me come August time, as there's no doubt his tasted much better than shop bought.

"Um grun" as he used to say
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Drew-Peacock Posted on 21/05/2020 12:31
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My grandad always grew his own veg, the problem was they had a bucket 'n' chuckit toilet which reduced the appeal somewhat.

They always loads of spuds but the veg was either late or failed or loads of veg and no spuds - too much trouble for me

I think my only argument with your flavour point is peas, they taste much better frozen than fresh.
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SohoFox Posted on 21/05/2020 16:17
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Whissy just about summed it up.
1. Growing your own fruit and veg gets you out the house into the fresh air. And you get the exercise from digging etc.
2. All the supermarket veg looks the part but all their tomatoes, cucumbers etc etc just taste of water. No flavour whatsoever.
Dunno if its the irradiation or chemicals or insecticides or the long transport from Spain or South America or Kenya.
3. Home grown is the top end of the organic range. Must be miles healthier to eat.
4. Great satisfaction in picking something fresh at 4.00pm and eating it for dinner that evening.
5. Apart from the price of the packet of seeds and some compost/fertiliser its absolutely free.
6. It gives more of a meaning to the passing of the seasons.
7. Its quite nice to be able to give some fresh veg to family, friends and neighbours which is going to knock the spots off anything they can get in the shops. The taste takes folk back to their childhoods when many more people had to have a vegetable plot to survive in the dark days of rationing.
So all in all not a bad thing to be doing.
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Drew-Peacock Posted on 21/05/2020 17:15
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1. People working full time especially those with kids don't get that much free time
2. Tomatoes are only good for making soup and f'ck knows why anybody eats cucumbers
3. Agreed, real poo is so much better than chemical poo
4. Agreed, do you slaughter your own meat as well
5. You need to price your labour to get a realistic cost
6. All it means is you moan about the weather more
7. You do know they're only being polite and when you've gone they sling it in the bin don't you.
It's certainly better than murdering squirrels
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northleicsblue Posted on 21/05/2020 18:10
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murdering squirrels is all part of the fun
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SohoFox Posted on 21/05/2020 18:44
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I found a dead squirrel floating in the water butt.
I danced with joy.
Especially as I had no part in its demise.
It was entirely an Act of God!!
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frAnKeN_pEniS Posted on 22/05/2020 13:07
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Put sperm on them, they grow better
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Hey_Beavis Posted on 22/05/2020 13:11
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Yeah Yeah! Put your sperm on them![smi]
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sexual_Kermit Posted on 22/05/2020 13:14
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I can send my sperm too[:O]
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borebage53 Posted on 22/05/2020 13:51
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Every sperm is sacred,
Every sperm is great.
If a sperm is wasted,
God gets quite irate!
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Walthamstowblue Posted on 22/05/2020 16:20
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Um grun tomatoes are incomparable to supermarket sold ones, unless you're buying from M&S but they're about a quid each.
The old man told me once that supermarket tommies have been developed so they smell like they will taste of something.
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whissyfox Posted on 22/05/2020 17:04
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Yep and Sungold are the tastiest of the lot IMO
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SohoFox Posted on 22/05/2020 18:29
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This year because all the garden centres shut I had to beg borrow and steal whatever tomato seeds I could get and grow them up from seed.
There was a mad rush for all vegetable things just before the lockdown.
All I could get were Marmande beef-steak tomatoes - French with a funny shape but supposed to be tasty.
And for cherry tomatoes all I could get were Sweet Baby and Piccolo.
No idea what they will be like.
Anyone grown any of these before?
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whissyfox Posted on 22/05/2020 20:30
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The Marmande are fine for frying but do have a large core, but never tried the cherry varieties Soho but look forward to a review in due course.
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LeicesterRino Posted on 23/05/2020 16:30
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They sell the Picolio toms in M and S. Tarquin says theyíre very nice. They look like Satanís gonads to me
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