Posts Tagged ‘growing potatoes’

Container Potatoes.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender January 20, 2013 Posted Tags: , , , , , , Comment 1 Comment
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There is nothing much better from the veg garden, than the first new potatoes. Served with butter and fresh mint, to me that is heaven. I dont have an allotment and I have only a moderate sized garden, so I grow potatoes in containers. I concentrate on growing first and second earlies only, but you can grow maincrops too. Containers. You can grow your potatoes in any container but the bigger the better. You can use pots, tubs, buckets, old compost sacks or specialist potato growing bags. You can even use old dustbins and stacked tyres. I have used the large sized reuseable bags bought from supermarkets for about 40p. They even have handles on for easy moving. Whatever container you use, you will need to make some drainage holes. I find drainage holes work best if made along the s

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Do your potatoes have scab on the skin?

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender July 5, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment 1 Comment
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Potato scab is a common disease and it is caused by a bacteria Streptomyces scabies. It lives in the soil free and attacks the potatoes in ideal conditions. Normally scab does not affect the yield but the skin becomes ugly and you might have to peel your potatoes thickly. The same bacteria attacks radish, beetroot, turnip and swede too. The bacteria invades the surface of the forming tubers and the plant develops the scabs in response, which are defend the tubers from further infection. So the scabs are basically the defence system of the plants. Resistant varieties If the infection is severe and you don't have the space to grow potatoes elsewhere or your whole plot is badly infected with the bacteria, it is worth to grow resistance varieties. King Edward, Pentland Javelin and

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