Potatoes

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I grew these potatoes some months ago from seed. I think it was about €2.50 for a half litre pot of seed. I simply popped them twice their depth below the surface.

Mine came into flower and passed that point some time ago, but I had potatoes that I had got locally and so I didn’t bother lifting these at all. Until now. I was quite pleased with the crop. I didn’t mound the soil to get more or any of that molarchy. I just planted and left them.

I did run into one problem that was the common potato scab. It’s a scabby patch that appears on the outer skin which disfigures the spud. It’s not a major problem for me or the potato, although if you saw it in a supermarket potato I’d be very surprised. It’s caused by the mycelium producing Streptomyces scabies [the 2nd part of that name alone makes me shiver]. This comes as a result of light soils with a high lime content and also from low moisture levels  usually from a hot summer, which we had spells of this season. I’ll just peel them to be honest and next year I’ll plant a resistant variety.

After that, not much else I can add. It is very much a case of just pop the seed twice its own depth below the surface of the soil and keep well watered.

Of course if you have any questions, simply leave a comment below.

2 replies
  1. Graham Parker
    Graham Parker says:

    I have come across an aticle recentlt concerning the growing of potatoes in a column of old car tyres.
    Filling the rim with shredded paper, planting the sedd potatoe and then adding a tyre as the plant grows up to six tyres can be used. Apparently when you dismantle the tyres, hey presto a column of spuds, sounds great, any comments.

  2. peter donegan
    peter donegan says:

    A Chara Graham,

    absolutely and it’s a great idea my friend. It works quite well in layering – or deriving the most from the one potato plant/ seed. I would also gather that if asked nicely garages would be only more than happy to pass them on to any good and willing gardener 😉

    I on this occasion didn’t have any tyres available. My only advice with heavy planters or planters that must sit in the one spot for a long period of time, is that the spot is chosen quite carefully.

    Great tip. Great idea.
    well done Graham

    If you are [?] doing a crop any time soon in that format – you might email me on some images.
    beir bua
    peter

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