Too Late for Potatoes

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Too Late for Potatoes
« on: May 14, 2010, 19:48 »
Im new to all this growing mularkey, having only just taken over my plot. Thought i would ask the question. Having sorted out a bit of soil, and turned it over. (And got rid of a loads of weeds!!) I have been chitting potaotes for a week or so now and wondered if it is too late to sow main crop now. In addition to this, I have not fertilised the soil as i want to get them in quickly i i can, apparently if i fertilise the soil i cant sow for 2 weeks. Any advice? :)

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Re: Too Late for Potatoes
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2010, 19:54 »
If you can get hold of a bit of rotted manure or manure pellets, you can add them now and plant right away. No, it's not too late to plant as your potatoes will sprout above ground by the time frost has past and your neighbours have had to replant theirs.  ;) :D The crop might mature a bit later than expected, but always better late than never.

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Re: Too Late for Potatoes
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2010, 20:01 »
Get them in asap...........dig some blood fish and bone and/or some chicken manure pellets
in underneath them and they will be well away  :)
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Re: Too Late for Potatoes
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2010, 21:22 »
Thanks for that, Looks like a busy weekend ahead!!! Fingers crossed for a few hours of dry weather. :D

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Re: Too Late for Potatoes
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2010, 21:29 »
It`s a little bit late for maincrop/late potatoes but you CAN use them as new/early potatoes. If the soil has been unused for a few years, then don`t worry about feeding.

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Re: Too Late for Potatoes
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2010, 21:35 »
main crops take about 20 weeks I think so that takes us to the beginning of October, which is ok I think  :)
I sure hope so as I've only just planted mine this week on my new plot  :ohmy:

So don't you go worrying me David  :D

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Re: Too Late for Potatoes
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2010, 21:43 »
Late/maincrop potatoes should be planted late february early March. Early potatoes, early to mid  March. Second early mid March to early April. .

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Re: Too Late for Potatoes
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2010, 21:47 »
all very interesting but those dates are new to me and the Irish....Paddy's day planting for all if you can  :lol:
But i couldn't so now will do thank you :lol: I'll let you know in October  ;)

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Re: Too Late for Potatoes
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2010, 21:50 »
Late/maincrop potatoes should be planted late february early March. Early potatoes, early to mid  March. Second early mid March to early April. .

If you planted that early, are they still alive???

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Re: Too Late for Potatoes
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2010, 21:53 »
I was thinking that, I planted my main crop mid April and am struggling already keeping the frost off them, I would hate to think what they would be like had I planted them in Feb

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Re: Too Late for Potatoes
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2010, 22:00 »
First early potatoes are the fastest potatoes to grow to harvest.  They can mature in as little as 7 weeks.

If you can get some seed potatoes It would be worth a try

http://www.marshalls-seeds.co.uk/first-early-potatoes-cid403.html

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Re: Too Late for Potatoes
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2010, 22:16 »
Late/maincrop potatoes should be planted late february early March. Early potatoes, early to mid  March. Second early mid March to early April. .

Sorry but that is terrible advice to a beginner seeking help
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Re: Too Late for Potatoes
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2010, 22:25 »
Perhaps you could add something more constructive, Stig, rather than simple criticism?
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: Too Late for Potatoes
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2010, 22:28 »
Some gardeners often plant first earlies in tubs and barrels in late spring too :)

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andy135

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Re: Too Late for Potatoes
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2010, 22:46 »
My first earlies, Lady Chrystl are in plastic dustbins, and I put them in on the 10/4.
They're up to the top of the bins now but are fleeced. They are looking very good.
My maincrop have been in the ground for two weeks. I think the soil temp is as important as anything else.



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