Potato shortage

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plopleuk

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Potato shortage
« on: April 01, 2012, 14:15 »
I have been advised by a plot neighbor to plant lots of potatoes.
due to the shortage of water in the south, he says there will be a big shortage.
is anyone else thinking and doing the same? (except those in the drought  area  :( )

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Re: Potato shortage
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2012, 14:36 »
You might want to read this:

http://www.potato.org.uk/news/dealing-drought

I would also have thought that quite a lot of the UK crop is grown in Lancashire and Scotland, not drought areas yet...
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Re: Potato shortage
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2012, 19:55 »
In order to get a decent potato crop, they do need lots of water to help them swell.

So, although there may be a shortage, you may not get a decent crop if you are in a hosepipe ban area.
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: Potato shortage
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2012, 20:44 »
No space even if I wanted to. There are other things to supplement a shortage, and make you appreciate a plate of mash! :D

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Re: Potato shortage
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2012, 20:49 »
There are other things to supplement a shortage,:D


Grow more squash/pumpkins YAY  :D
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Re: Potato shortage
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2012, 20:50 »
There are other things to supplement a shortage,:D


Grow more squash/pumpkins YAY  :D

Don't they also need lots of water?
Acquired a third of a plot in January 2011 which was extended to three quarters in December 2011. Managed by myself and my 6 year old son.

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Re: Potato shortage
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2012, 20:56 »
But it's easier to water single plants with a watering can  ;)

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Re: Potato shortage
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2012, 22:01 »
As well as the potato council other organizations are also saying there is unlikely to be any shortage as there is plenty of spare capacity in the system. Having said that I've planted more than usual, just in case and I have some first earlies in the fridge to plant out when the first ones are lifted.

I'd be more concerned about a grain shortage as much of our cereal crop is grown in eastern England



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