Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Potatoes on the way

I have lots & lots of pots with potatoes in the garden. A huge amount for my tiny plot but hey ho. Next year I  will have to cut down drastically  I mean with the space I have, growing three types of main-crops along with the normal early potatoes really is too much. The tubs for these have encroached on part the seating area & its not as if they look pretty.
Five of the above tubs contain the main-crop varieties. Next year I will be growing one type for roast potatoes, probably in that black bin in the back ground. The area has been weeded now by the way.
Like the fool I am I didn't label the pots of first & second early potatoes. I am looking forward to the surprise though & I am pretty sure that  'Anya' are in the small greenhouse for an earlier crop.
Enjoy your day

21 comments:

  1. Last year I had potatoes growing in buckets, but I planted too many tubers in each bucket so I harvested very small potatoes :) Unfortunately, they hadn't got enough space to grow bigger tubers.

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    1. The bigger tubs have 3 or 4 tubers & the smaller tubs have one in each. I think they will grow well fingers crossed.

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  2. I wouldn't bother with main crop ones if I was you as they are relatively cheap to buy. I'd just grow earlies which are quicker to grow, and expensive to buy. Flighty xx

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    1. I had planned to grow one variety of main crop for Christmas lunch roast potatoes. I was like a child in a sweet shop but one of them is Pink fir Apple.

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  3. I always grow some main crop, I know that they are cheap but round here it is Maris Piper or Maris Piper, fine if you want chips or roasties. Not sogood for anything else.

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    1. Yes I like Rooster potatoes for roasting but they have become so expensive to buy. Not that mine are a cheap option by any means.

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  4. Nice to know I'm not the only one who forgets to label stuff. Hope your spuds work out for you. X

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    1. I'm sure they will & am looking forward to a surprise.

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  5. My garden is the same with containers all over the place, I've got twenty planted up with potatoes, I think I've gone a bit overboard this year with them. I usually forget to label them, but I've done well on that front this year.

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    1. Its hard to know when to stop isn't it. I have learnt that I have no self control.

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  6. I think if I was growing potatoes just in pots in a small area I would stick to earlies.

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    1. I have had some success with rooster & Pink Fir Apple in the past. In large enough tubs they do reasonably well. More for the fun of it though, I certainly wont be self sufficient.

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  7. I have 10 containers - all planted with Charlotte, one to each smaller pot and three to the large pots. Earlies are best I think.

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    1. I have several tubs of Charlotte, I haven't grown them in small tubs before so that is new to me this year.

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  8. We eat lots of potatoes although this year I've only planted Arran Pilots and Charlottes (which I love). We've planted some in a large sack, but most are in beds. I think I'll explore more tubs next year, and free up some space in the beds.

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    1. I like Charlottes too though I will have to reduce the amount grown next year.

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  9. Potatoes are so inexpensive at the market but I still grow four different varieties a year as they are so rewarding. This year are German butterball, French Fingerlings, Russet Burbank, and Butterfingers.

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    1. What lovely sounding names. I do tend to get swayed by plant names, I hope they do well for you.

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  10. My....you will have lots of potatoes which is always a good thing!`I always get carried away too, I have four tubs and some in the veggie patch.xxxx

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    1. Far too many I fear, never mind they will always come in useful.

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  11. Good to see them all cropping. Mine went into the ground quite late but are starting to show themselves now.

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