Monday, 15 March 2021

Potato Planting On The Irish Riviera.


I decided to plant my Orla seed potatoes this morning.  Traditionally potatoes are planted on St Patrick's day or Good Friday in Ireland.   Here's some photos:


Trenches dug about six inches/15 Centimetres deep.

Three 2kg bags of chitted Orla First Early seed potatoes.  They originate in Scotland.

Seed potatoes planted about 14 inches apart.



All put to bed and covered up with soil by my long handled four prong pike.  I helped a bit too.  😊

I also planted a few seed potatoes in a large pot in the polytunnel filled with well rotted fym and homemade compost.  We should have some lovely new potatoes within 12 weeks time.

Have you planted your first earlies yet?


18 comments:

  1. All put to bed? I trust that you read your seed potatoes a bedtime story. Perhaps you read them "The Naughty Potato" by Yorkshire Pudding...
    "Once upon a time there was a very naughty potato called Dave and he just would not do as he was told. His mummy and daddy were at their wit's end so they employed a very strict nanny from The Isle of Man. She was called JayCee and she was the opposite of Mary Poppins..."

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  2. He was called De Dave because he's a potato and they originate in the Andes. Then Sir Walter Raleigh opened a Nottingham bicycle factory and went on holiday to south America and brought spuds (De Dave), tobacco and pot noodles back to Youghal in county Cork. True story YP. I've been to his Myrtle Grove house.

    JayCee is very nice and I believe very rich. That's why they live in exile on the IOM.

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    1. She is also good at spanking naughty potatoes.

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  3. Multi faceted perhaps? I am a Jack of all trades and master of none.😊

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  4. Today, I am starting the tomatoes and peppers for my garden. I am excited about that. We will not be ready for planting for another 3 or 4 weeks.

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    1. Very good Debby. Our front room unit and windows are overflowing with trays full of vegetable seedlings.

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  5. I do believe that when Jaycee gets here, you both will be soundly smacked. *sits back to wait for Jaycee to get here* Popcorn, anyone?

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  6. I'm a good boy. It's that Yorkshire Pudding. He's full of devilment. I hope we don't have stand on the 'naughty' step?😊

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  7. He's a baaaaaaaaaaaad influence alright.

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  8. Now boys, I am very disappointed in you both. Such naughty little urchins, you deserve a very good spanking indeed.
    I have here an extra large hardback version of the Encyclopædia Britannica with which to beat you soundly.
    Bend over. This will hurt you much more than it will hurt me.
    By the way, nice popcorn Debby.

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  9. This must be the most amusing blog post comments in the blogosphere.

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  10. New potatoes used to be a big thing in Pembrokeshire when I lived there - and we'd get Irish spud pickers coming over every year too. Not so now - it's still there but quite small - and the itinerant pickers are no more either - Dim Spud Pickio (no spud pickers) the posh pubs used to say.

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  11. Hi the bike shed. Pembrokeshire is beautiful. My self sufficiency guru/author hero use to live there. I have heard of the French onion johhnies sellers in Wales. Didn't know about the Irish spud pickers. They probably came from Wexford. Another verdant place where JS lived for a time. Dim Spud Pickio. That's a new one on me. I must remember that. Thanks.

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  12. You will keep bringing back these memories for me, lol
    Briony
    x

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  13. I love planting and harvesting new potatoes Briony. You could always grow some in a large pot filled with compost.

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  14. Your four pronged pike makes you sound like the Poseidon of Potatoes. Hope the crop is abundant!

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  15. Thanks Linda. They are great for forking fym and digging over a veg plot.

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