Monday, 7 October 2019

Going For A Third New Potato Crop.




You can see new potatoes  sprouts pushing up their stalks in the polystyrene packaging case on the left.  


We have grown early new potatoes in the polytunnel which were ready to harvest in May.  Then we sowed some carrots in their place and we grew potatoes outside in the veg plot too. 

Stuff grown in the polytunnel was far more successful and quicker to harvest and it didn't have to contend with the very mixed weather, lots of rain and a field day for the slugs and snails.  Perhaps Ireland should see if it can apply to the EU for an enormous  polytunnel grant and cover the whole of the country?
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My dad used to tell me that my grandparents always had new potatoes ready for Christmas.  So I decided to save some little ones and go for a third crop.  Hopefully the frost won't blacken the tops with them growing in the polytunnel?

Anybody else growing any out of season vegetables?


37 comments:

  1. We have just had a second crop of strawberries. Picked the last of them yesterday. We do grow them under glass though so that may help such a late crop.

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  2. Hi Jaycee. You did really well to get a second crop of strawberries. A piece of glass or plastic extends the growing season and you can even garden when it's bad weather outside. Thank you for your comment.

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  3. Our garden was dry and hard and wasn't planning on planting anything yet. Today we've had heavy rain so now I'll have to get a move on before the clover takes over.
    Just lettuces, rocket, spring onions and garlic. I'm not much of a gardener any more and those are certs

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  4. Hi LA. Clover is a legume and extracts nitrogen from the air and releases it into the soil. So it's a great green manure and worth digging in next spring. Japanese onions sets and garlic bulbs can be planted now too. I grow herbaceous. perennials in half my veg plot. The polytunnel is filled with vegetables and plants cuttings too. You need an hobby living in the countryside. Thanks and hope you're feeling better.

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  5. The clover just disappears in spring, dries up and becomes dust but always reappears with vengeance at the beginning of winter. I love the green but it chokes everything else.
    I must see if we can get those Japanese onions. Garlic, spring onions and rocket I plant in pots which are easier to keep clean of weeds

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  6. You have got a good free green manure there. I would keep opening a trench and digging in the clover. Brassicas and potatoes will love the free nitrogen if you follow the clover crop. You're right it's amazing what you can grow in pots and containers or even a polytunnel.

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  7. Wow, go you. We've not had any potatoes this year as they were struck with blight. But we had decided to not grow any veg when we moved here 2 1/2 years ago as we're getting older but we did grow a fair bit of the usual beans, tomatoes, courgettes and an amazing crop of carrots, best I've ever grown and salad crops. Hope your pots will be ready for Christmas day.

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  8. Hello Chris. Blight often strikes our potatoes here in West Cork. That's why we grow early potatoes. You could get Scottish seed potatoes like Orla and theres also Hungarian blight resistant Sarpo Mira. We grow carrots in large plant pots in compost, sand and sieved soil. They are higher than twelve inches so the carrot fly never gets them. I honestly think anybody could grow lots of vegetables without a garden. We once grew potatoes in a big flower pot iin the upstairs window of our flat. Thanks Chris.

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  9. I had such big sweet potato tubers from growing ornamental sweet potatoes this summer that if my flowering bulbs fail, I think I may grow a first crop of most any veggie.

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    1. The ornamental sweet potatoes sound wonderful Joanne. I have only bought the eating variety. Perhaps I could grow some next year in the polytunnel?

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    2. sweet potato slips are quite hard to grow. or at least they were for me

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    3. Hi Sol. We tried once to grow them with a piece of one. It grew and then gave up the will to live.

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  10. Just fetched Mrs G a basket of spuds from the cellar. Well, it's below ground :-/

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  11. Wish we had a cellar Gwil. It would be a good place to go for sanctuary when its blowing a gale outside. I have still got a few rows of potatoes left in the veg plot. The slugs and snails love them.

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  12. I overheard new neighbours complaining about the amount of flowers in the garden and his (I think) wife shouting that she preferred flowers to cabbages! It's all go where I live.

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  13. Your nee neighbour's sound like characters Valerie. I think flowers and make great gardens. French Potagers are a good example of productive kitchen gardens full of vegetables and flowers that look attractive and are butterfly and bee friendly. I have not been able to do any outside gardening work for a fortnight. It's been too wet and windy. Thanks.

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  14. As you know I have Christmas potatoes in. I also sprout seeds all year round after watching a Gillian McKeith TV programme yonks ago. my tip with this, is not waste your money or time of getting any mix with sunflower seeds in. they do nothing. I am hoping to find a green house on gumtree. I am very hopeful! lmao

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  15. Good look with the Christmas potatoes Sol. I have of people growing wild bird seed because some of it contains hemp. Then they smoke it to get high. Have you no room for a polytunnel? You can get small ones for gardens. First Tunnels are supposed to be very good. I got mine from an Irish selling site called Done Deal. It's the best 500 Euros I have ever spent. Even on a wet day you can still sow seeds, take cutting, pot up your plants.. Good luck with the greenhouse search.

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  16. I grew potatoes in a large bucket for several years and felt like a happy peasant woman when harvesting them. Potatoes are the best thing to grow, very easy and hardy, even here in California.

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  17. Hi Terra. They grow well in pots. Especially if you keep adding compost. Thanks.

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