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Discussion in 'Holistic Farming' started by No Worries, Jan 5, 2016.
False blight. Usually blight causes pretty much total collapse very quickly followed by a stink!
In any event I went back to pick off any dodgy looking leaves, then spray. But, when I had a good look there were too many dodgy looking leaves so I cut everything below ground level.
Had three feeds of 1st early spuds so far, but disappointed as there were many, many more developing, it was going to be a bumper crop. The main crop that I dug were small. I'm leaving them alone for a while to see if they'll develop any bit further.
lifted the Nicola this morning as they are the most advanced of the earlies, lovely clean large tubers av. 1.39kg /tub(plant)
Also the Express which were the first planted, nice clean tubers more numerous but not as big as the Nicola av. 0.85kg /tub(plant)
Lady Krystl and Kestrel don't look ready yet, however the Setanta seem to be coming on fast
Got a couple of ideas to tweak things next year.
Although classed as a second early,and you like Jacket potatoes you can leave Kestrel until the plants die back,20 weeks or so, almost maincrop style, they should then leave you some decent sizes.
Although you will need to keep an eye out for blight by then.
Reckon to make a good show potato because of the colour scheme.
Just lifted all the Lady Krystl................ all 5 of them
not many but bloody huge, nice shape, mostly clean but very slight signs of scab on a couple of the biggest ones. |Ave. 1.2kg per planter
Not as good as the Nicola but OK and better than the Express which may be dropped for next year.
Just the Kestrel left to lift of the earlies.
I'm also thinking of dropping Express next year, although I like the taste and texture they don't give quantity, might just try 'Jazzy', fairly new variety, but has a good right up.
I've 'Charlotte' almost ready,the haulm is losing colour now and sagging a little, then there'll just be 'Juliette' which I will keep going until the plant really gives up.
Had Charlotte last year, good variety but went with Nicola instead. Not tried Jazzy or Juliette, I'll be interested to see how you get on with them.
Looks like Setanta will be the first of the maincrop ready to lift and then Cara and Orla.
'Juliette' is like an early salad potato, waxy and does not boil in the water, and importantly it keeps and has flavour.
I've grown it for the last 5 years or so.
What is Julliette like for yield compared to other first earlies?
Similar to Charlotte, though smaller tubers.
Thanks sounds ideal for salads, added to next years list
Kestrel, 5 plants yielded 1.1kg, very nice looking, big, clean tatties except for a bit of scab on a couple of the biggest.
Have re-used the tubs to try some cut and come again lettuce, beds are full and my urge to plant something got the better of me
Seems to be the same story with all the planters - all the tubers are at or above the level of the seed tuber. Next year I'll try putting the seed right near the bottom of the tub and earth them up as they emerge which should also protect them from any late frosts. Biggest upside is I've got some great compost/manure mix for next year........................ and a hell of a lot of earthworms
Getting more courgettes than we need so looking to pickle some. Think it's homegrown courgette, potato and leek soup tonight.
Why ridging up was done, keep ridging keep the stem growing up = more tubers
Thanks that's what I was now assuming based on my observations this year, l'd previously I'd assumed the tubers grew from the roots
A case of very pleased with this year's improvement on last year, mainly in terms of cleanness but was hoping for more yield, I'll get it right next year or the one after
Trying so many veg for the first time this year I've started keeping a garden journal so I can look up what I did when
A few Juliette from a bucket, just had to look see what they were like.
Nice looking tatties, kind of teardrop shape. I see they're Nicola X Hansa
1. Looks Like I'll have plenty of runner beans in the next week or two
2. Courgettes are getting away from us
3. Nice to see a couple of Romanesco in the mixed cauli's I planted. Finally managed to grow a really nice, useable white cauli after 3yrs of trying
Carrot thinnings are big enough to start using as baby carrots this week so pretty much self sufficient for veg at the moment
stockfeed neeps, comfrey on the left
10 rows carrots
tatties, mostly stockfeed
a few onions for soup
peas, just for fun
Ah the good old days of hacking away at the multiple heads and roots of Doon Major Ruta Otofte was a revelation
After we stopped growing (and shawing) swedes for the sheep and sucklers I swore I never wanted to see the fudgeing things again. This year I've been very brave and grown 5 (Brora) for winter. Reckon I can handle one a week rather than 20acres of the bloody things
Now where did I put my old shawing knife?
blight started in Apache, all other varieties ok.