Tuesday 20 February 2024

Planting The Seed Potatoes In The Polytunnel In February.

Some of the new Homeguard seed potatoes 🥔 nicely chitted and ready to plant.
 
Seed potatoes placed 12 inches or 30 Centimetres apart in the six inch deep trenches I dug a couple of weeks ago.

All covered up with my trusty Azada and also the rake.

Twelve weeks later we will hopefully have a bumper crop of new potatoes ready to harvest and eat.

I have small square bales of straw to cover the potato haulms if we get any frosts.  Have you planted any seed potatoes in the polytunnel or greenhouse yet?

Monday the 19th of February was a beautiful day and I even got outside onto the veg plot and did some weeding with my trusty Azada.  Today I have mucked out the poultry and feeding and watering the livestock.  It's absolutely bucketing it down.  What a difference a day makes!

24 comments:

  1. No potatoes growing here. We get potatoes from Egypt and Cyprus and northern greece

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  2. Hi Linda. I have seen potatoes growing in the Algarve in the Winter and in the Spring when it's not too hot. Could you not do the same? We sometimes see Cyprus and Egyptian potatoes in the supermarkets over here. They taste different to ours. Perhaps it's the soil or the variety? We even see Organic vegetables flown from Israel and in polythene bags.

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  3. I spent an hour outside, hubby helped with one task, the rest were just bits, getting ready for the growing season. Potatoes are still on the window sill, I'm happy to wait another few weeks. I do have a greenhouse but not much space for potato bags.

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  4. Good to read you are getting ready for the growing season Marlene. Yesterday was a beautiful day and we planted some seed potatoes in the polytunnel and I managed to weed another section of the veg plot outside. Today's been a wash out this morning but I managed to clean out the ducks and hens and gave them sawdust and straw bedding. It's stopped raining now and I took one of the dogs for a walk. I have potato bags. They are very good and you can move them outside to make room when any frosts have gone. Thanks.

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  5. P has decided not to grow potatoes this year. Maybe next year he says.

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    1. Why don't you grow them in growing bags in the greenhouse JayCee? P can cook them for you. You have got to grow potatoes. Especially new ones. We love them.

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    2. He seems to be feeling quite weary lately and I think he has lost some enthusiasm for growing veg. I may need to take over.

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    3. Probably. He will come back refreshed when you have your jollies in Bognor Regis JayCee.

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  6. No doubt Gypsy Rose Lee already knows what I am about to write!
    "What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow." - A.A.Milne

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    1. He really did say that didn't he YP? We recently watched Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey. It's really disturbing horror film and grandparents have been buying videos of the film and frightening their grandchildren by mistake. There's apparently a horror film about Pinnochio. I don't like wonderful children stories being made into horror films. Sermon over. We will now sing hymn 53.

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    2. from the Chalice Hymnal - Hymn number 53...
      Morning has broken
      like the first morning,
      blackbird has spoken
      like the first bird.
      Praise for the singing!
      Praise for the morning!
      Praise for them, springing
      fresh from the Word!

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    3. Yorkshire Pudding on lead vocals. Dave Northsider on tea duty.

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    4. I'll play electric triangle.

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    5. Only after pouring our the tea! Oh and we want jammie dodgers too!

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    6. What about the Club biscuits and bottles of Newcastle Brown Ale or a "bottle of dog even?"

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    7. They'll be okay for the young scallywag who makes the tea.

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    8. What will the Groupies want to drink? Cidona, red lemonade, Barry's Tea, The Southern Star newspaper, Clonakilty puddings, peat briquettes and Guinness if they come from County Cork. But they're nice Colleens really.

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    9. All groupies must have passports to prove their ages. Neither of us wish to be the next Gary Glitter!

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    10. I'll do the washing up after.

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  7. Do you watch phases of the moon and stuff like that too? There are folk who believe that the extra gravitational pull makes as difference (me, I just plant stuff when I get a day off work and the weather is on my side - moon is least of my concerns).

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  8. I have read about planting by the moon TM . A farmer I know told me that the moon has been too near the Earth recently and that's why we have some really bad storms but now they moving apart the weather should improve. My grandad could look to the sea and look at the tide and could tell you what time of day it was. I am very eager to plant this year.

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  9. Do you plant them whole or cut them in half? Only twelve weeks to a whole new crop?

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  10. I have cut them in half when I have grown a big area of seed potatoes River. But not this year. We should be eating them in 12 weeks time.

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