November 29, 2008 at 11:11 pm #246138
Ok, so i need your advice, sometimes things just go wrong, even for a so called professional ahem…
This is the first time i have grown potatoes, and i expected it to be a sinch. I guess that is where it went wrong.
I have not been as attentive as I would like but one thing after another has occurred.
First they got desecrated by looper caterpillars, then I think they also dried out and I think they are also experiencing some rot from the tubers coming into contact with fertilizer.
So should i give up and replant the bed with other crops? or should I persevere with what is left… you know see it through to the pathetic end?
this is what yhey looked like in the beginningNovember 29, 2008 at 11:13 pm #381262
potatoesNovember 29, 2008 at 11:15 pm #381263
This is what they look like nowNovember 29, 2008 at 11:16 pm #381264
by the way, that nice green healthy one in the middle is actually a self sown tomato.November 30, 2008 at 1:16 am #381265Kookaburra DreamingMember
Did they flower at all, Katerina? How long between the ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots? I wouldn’t give up yet, unless you know what things are like underneath the mulch. I’d leave them ’til they all die off and then see what sort of harvest you get.
PNovember 30, 2008 at 2:20 am #381266marigoldMember
Choose one to dig up – if its totally no good, cut your losses and plant something else – if it has some small ‘tatoes, leave the others to get bigger. I assume that they are not actually finished? Its hard to tell from the pic – how long were they in for?November 30, 2008 at 3:16 am #381267
I planted them at the begining of Spring, so about 3 months ago and they have not flowered.November 30, 2008 at 10:07 am #381268marigoldMember
Potatoes do not necessarily flower – 3 months probably means they are ready to dig:D:tup:
Happy chippingDecember 3, 2008 at 10:11 am #381269
Hi everyone and thanks for your advice,
well it looks like it wasn’t a failure after all. Silly me did not even think they would be ready for harvest. What a great surprise.
Any now i can use the bed for other things.
What a great crop, I am very pleased with it. Some are a bit small, but it is all good and i can’t wait to try them now. Yum :tup:December 3, 2008 at 10:52 am #381270Lady BeeMember
Oh well done, Katerina. They look wonderful. I always think small potatoes are better, just scrubbed and steamed in their skins. More attractive and better food value than peeled spuds.
What varieties are they?December 4, 2008 at 10:20 am #381271
thanks lady B
pink ones are potiac and yellow ones are nicola.
I wasn’t able to source anything more exotic, but i will be on the look out for more old fashioned varieites for next year.December 4, 2008 at 10:23 am #381272lynnieMember
Good job on your crop of spuds… I am completely jealous!!! There be lots o mash tatas at your houseDecember 4, 2008 at 10:29 am #381273darlsMember
Wow! That’s a bumper crop!!
Enjoy your mashed tatoes over the next year, eh? 😉
Cheers! :hug:December 4, 2008 at 10:39 am #381274Kookaburra DreamingMember
Nice crop. I always get a number of small ones amongst mine too. As long as there are some big ones as well, I’m happy. Can’t see any green ones there so you’ve obviously mulched them well. For a first time potato grower you’ve done very well :clap:. Wait until you taste them, they will be far superior to what you can buy in the shops, especially those Nicolas, I love Nicolas.
PDecember 4, 2008 at 10:42 am #381275
Now does anyone have any good storage advice for me?
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