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Pathetic Potatoes

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  • #246138
    katerina
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    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 beginning

    #381262
    katerina
    Member

    potatoes

    #381263
    katerina
    Member

    This is what they look like now

    #381264
    katerina
    Member

    by the way, that nice green healthy one in the middle is actually a self sown tomato.

    #381265

    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.

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    #381266
    marigold
    Member

    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?

    #381267
    katerina
    Member

    I planted them at the begining of Spring, so about 3 months ago and they have not flowered.

    #381268
    marigold
    Member

    Potatoes do not necessarily flower – 3 months probably means they are ready to dig:D:tup:

    Happy chipping

    #381269
    katerina
    Member

    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:

    #381270
    Lady Bee
    Member

    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?

    #381271
    katerina
    Member

    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.

    #381272
    lynnie
    Member

    hey katerina,

    Good job on your crop of spuds… I am completely jealous!!! There be lots o mash tatas at your house

    #381273
    darls
    Member

    Wow! That’s a bumper crop!!

    Enjoy your mashed tatoes over the next year, eh? πŸ˜‰

    Cheers! :hug:

    #381274

    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.

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    #381275
    katerina
    Member

    Now does anyone have any good storage advice for me?

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