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First early spuds are in

Post: # 189449Post Odsox
Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:38 pm

Well, I managed to get my early potatoes in today. It's about 2 weeks later than I usually plant them but considering the weather we had this winter I suppose it's not too bad. They will probably catch up and still be ready by the end of May.
I really love the soil I have here ... after gardening on clay for years, the soil here is lovely and light and is what they call "free draining and moisture retentive".
I didn't believe it existed, didn't see how it COULD exist, it's an anachronism, but that's what I've got now.
Anyway, I stuck the soil thermometer in about 4 inches this morning and it said it was 8 degrees C, so I dug enough for three rows of earlies, knocked it down to a nice tilth and got them in in double quick time.
Now all they have to do is grow.... I've got plenty of butter ready and the mint is shooting nicely. :wink:
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Re: First early spuds are in

Post: # 189456Post Green Rosie
Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:54 pm

Frozen soil all day here so no chance of planting spuds yet

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Re: First early spuds are in

Post: # 189460Post pelmetman
Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:32 pm

I've got soil envy :angryfire: :whax: This is me trying to get our soil to a fine tilth :lol:
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Re: First early spuds are in

Post: # 189461Post seasidegirl
Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:47 pm

Still too cold here. Had a couple of lovely warm sunny days last week but now we're back to frost and bitterly cold winds.

Also I rubbed the early shoots of my spuds as per a tv programme about the Jersey growers and the new ones are slow to replace them. They do look stronger though.

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Re: First early spuds are in

Post: # 189506Post Millymollymandy
Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:26 am

My soil is free draining and moisture retentive too, in winter, when it rains a lot. :lol:

Can dig it 24 hours after having 30mm of rain, it's that free draining, but still moist!!!

Why is it though that my maincrop and 2nd early spuds are too far ahead with the chitting, yet the 1st earlies are behind? :scratch:
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Post: # 189507Post Julysea
Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:37 am

Soil still frozen every morning here too. I'm itching to get on with some planting but there's still too much frost and the ground only thaws for around an hour after 1pm. Brrrrr.
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Re: First early spuds are in

Post: # 189514Post becks77
Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:17 am

My earlies arn't even sprouting yet, might have to move them to slightly warmer, they ar in an unheated greenhouse at the mo, however no hope of getting them in the ground anyhow...still froze!
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Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:42 pm

Blimey, if you lot down South are still waiting to lose the hard frost, by the looks of it us lot in Scotland won't be planting until August......... :roll:
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Re: First early spuds are in

Post: # 189591Post Millymollymandy
Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:31 am

Driving round the countryside here you wouldn't know it was the 2nd week of March, it still looks like January. Not a daff or any blossom out yet, only snowdrops and a few primroses. :(
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Re: First early spuds are in

Post: # 189593Post seasidegirl
Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:43 am

I'd been debating over whether to put some fleece over the soil and finally bought some yesterday. Don't know if it's any good - I got it from Poundland.
1.5 x 5 m for a quid.

Anyway I'm fed up of waiting because I really need to get the earlies growing as I'm already planning the follow on crop for that space. Also am going to need the space indoors where I'm chitting for seedlings and potting on.

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Re: First early spuds are in

Post: # 189601Post Odsox
Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:11 am

Millymollymandy wrote:Driving round the countryside here you wouldn't know it was the 2nd week of March, it still looks like January. Not a daff or any blossom out yet, only snowdrops and a few primroses. :(
It's going to be a very short spring for most people this year.
The weather will turn warm and the daffs and other spring flowers will be out and over in a week or so.
I hate that.
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Re: First early spuds are in

Post: # 189613Post Millymollymandy
Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:37 am

Odsox wrote:
Millymollymandy wrote:Driving round the countryside here you wouldn't know it was the 2nd week of March, it still looks like January. Not a daff or any blossom out yet, only snowdrops and a few primroses. :(
It's going to be a very short spring for most people this year.
The weather will turn warm and the daffs and other spring flowers will be out and over in a week or so.
I hate that.
So do I, it was like that when I lived near Geneva. Half the spring flowers frazzled by the time they'd got near to flowering. I have loved the 4 month long springs here in Brittany from Feb to end of May. Oh well.

Anyway I went to hoe my veg patch because the evil winds have brought really low humidity :roll: which has dessicated everything so I thought it would be a good opportunity to get it all hoed and raked and fine tilthed etc whilst it is dry. Only to find the soil is frozen just under the surface! :lol:
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Re: First early spuds are in

Post: # 189925Post Harasimow
Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:33 pm

Meant to put a few 1st earlies in myself today but I forgot. Ah well always tomorow.

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Re: First early spuds are in

Post: # 189928Post Silver Ether
Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:38 pm

We are hopeful for next weekend ... I need the fella to do the big dig ... my back isn't happy :( then I shall be off ... the ground was more like it today so fingers crossed.
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Re: First early spuds are in

Post: # 189935Post pelmetman
Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:18 pm

Hi de Hi
First nice day this year. Haven't planted my spuds yet, only growing Charlotte this year as they were the only one's that didn't get the blight or eaten by the slugs. Plus they make excellent roast potatoes and are good for salads etc. haven't tried them for chips but will try this year. Can't remember are they main crop or first earlies? Any way I'll bung them in if this weather carries on for a week or so :cooldude:
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