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Re: earthing up potatoes
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2009, 07:54 »
This might seem a daft question to mor experienced plotters but is there any reason why you cant plant spuds into already formed up ridges so as to save the time of ridging them up later,just plant them deeper

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Re: earthing up potatoes
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2009, 08:00 »
im no expert teabag but i suppose you could.Theres some great sense of satisfaction with earthing up though i think.
Mind you on my small patch this year my new idea was to plant in troughs then fill the holes to earth up then 2nd time earthed from either side,as last year i never had space so its worked well.

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Re: earthing up potatoes
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2009, 08:20 »
Hi all I did ask on our allotments the other day about frost and my potatoes and I was told that if we got a frost we could hose the frost off early in the morning to take the frost off.
Was this right??
I'm still earthing up our's.
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« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2009, 08:44 »
"if we got a frost we could hose the frost off early in the morning to take the frost off.
Was this right??
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Yup, you'll have to be up early though - before the sun gets on them. 05:30 at the latest I would think ...

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Re: earthing up potatoes
« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2009, 10:37 »
This might seem a daft question to mor experienced plotters but is there any reason why you cant plant spuds into already formed up ridges so as to save the time of ridging them up later,just plant them deeper

That's what we do Teabag. We dig a trench, put them in at the appropriate spacings and earth them up to the height in Shaun's photos. It does save time later when there is so much else to do and we get a good crop. Our earlies now have foliage showing at the top of the ridges.
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Re: earthing up potatoes
« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2009, 11:59 »
Shaun

You look like your a potato expert so question for you. Am I supposed to feed potatoes? If so how often and with what. 

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Re: earthing up potatoes
« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2009, 19:49 »
if we get any more frosts here (i dont think we will) ...
Wow you're a brave man Shaun to say that!  :D

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Re: earthing up potatoes
« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2009, 19:52 »
I am well impressed, Shaun  :D We just have a few shortish rows of spuds and that takes long enough to earth up/ keep covered when cold nights . You  must work like a trojan  :D
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Re: earthing up potatoes
« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2009, 20:40 »
if we get any more frosts here (i dont think we will) ...
Wow you're a brave man Shaun to say that!  :D

 :) just my thought on the area that I live  ;)
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Re: earthing up potatoes
« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2009, 20:48 »
Shaun

You look like your a potato expert so question for you. Am I supposed to feed potatoes? If so how often and with what. 
i'm no expert but i do like spuds  ;)
about feeding,when i plant a dig a trench and line it with muck, but I ran out of muck half way through planting,and have been reluctant to get any  because of the weedkiller thingy,so i used potato fertilizer on the last few rows,it was about 5 for a 15kg bag from the plot shop.
some folks use chicken pellets or line the trenches with comfrey or home made compost.
one thing they do need is plenty of water.

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« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2009, 23:16 »
Chicken pellets does the job for my spuds (the soil is good) and, as for water, I just hope (???) for a drop of rain now and then  ::)
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Re: earthing up potatoes
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2009, 08:23 »
Chicken pellets does the job for my spuds (the soil is good) and, as for water, I just hope (???) for a drop of rain now and then  ::)

I put quite a lot of composted manure at the bottom of the spuds and have never done more than that. I am wondering if pelleted Cm might be a good idea as an extra booster -- when do you add it?

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Re: earthing up potatoes
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2009, 09:05 »
On large scale production the potatoes are placed into the ground and the ridges are formed on top of the potatoes so that you do not need to earth up anymore.
Earthing up on your plot is a good way of weeding at the same time so you could consider it time well spent.
I will show you what I mean on this video Hbtoc3SJnok The bed starts off flat and the machine drives through and plants the spuds then draws the ridges.
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