Aussies Living Simply

wicking bed potatoes

Home Forums FOOD PRODUCTION, HARVEST AND STORAGE Vegetables wicking bed potatoes

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 17 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #251407

    has anyone tried growing potatoes in a wicking bed.

    DH has just built a new vege bed for spud, but i am wondering if i should try it as a wicking.

    #453443
    Fishfood
    Member

    In short yes very sucessfull [have a look at my byap site for photos ]

    #453444
    bill
    Member

    I am surprised. I thought the wicking beds would promote rot in spuds.

    #453445
    bluezbandit
    Member

    If the wicking is working correctly the plants access the moisture they need without getting soggy.

    Deb

    #453446

    Thanks F&F, you had some great looking spuds there.

    Until we had a look at your spuds we were thinking the same as Bill. Wet feet

    #453447

    looks like we have ended up with that potato mosaic virus. the leaves all have small brown spots on them. was hoping it was something easy like rust instead, but when we have dug up the potatoes they have small pimple like textures to their skin.

    never mind. try again in 5 yrs time.

    #453448
    John and Zoe
    Member

    Hi everyone

    This is my first attempt at posting a photo on our new ALS site so I hope it works.:unsure:

    I also had some reservations about whether a wicking bed might be too damp for growing potatoes. However, I just unearthed these beauties from one of the wicking beds this morning, along with our first picking of broad beans. This is the most successful crop of spuds I’ve ever managed to grow and I’m sure that was down to the quality of the soil (imported garden soil) and having plenty of moisture available, thanks to the wicking system.

    I only dug up about half the spuds from the bed today so, there are plenty more to look forward to.

    Zoe and I enjoyed a few of the smaller ones for tea tonight and I also made a nice Leek & Potato soup in the Thermomix.:)

    Edited to add: I should have mentioned that these are Dutch Cream potatoes.

    Regards

    John

    #453449
    Fishfood
    Member

    I still remember dad saying dont mater what you do you have to have a well drained vegie bed [man how times have changed ]

    #453450
    bdm6125
    Member

    Well done! That’s an impressive harvest!

    Zoe and I enjoyed a few of the smaller ones for tea tonight and I also made a nice Leek & Potato soup in the Thermomix

    Ooooh…there’s that darm thermomix coming to tempt me again!!!!!!! LOL

    #453451

    ok, here goes nothing. Lets see if i can work out how to get photos in without reading any instructions

    Attached files

    #453452
    Fishfood
    Member

    Google mineral deficiency in plants

    #453453

    Thanks F&F, looks like i may have a potassium and magnesium deficiency. So you dont think it is the mosaic virus then?

    #453454
    Wombat
    Member

    Niiiiiice!

    I give up, what’s a thermomix?

    Nev

    #453455
    karyn26
    Member

    I have just planted potatoes in my wicking beds and fingers crossed they come out looking as good as those pictured,I also have some in straw in ground beds so we’ll see which ones turn out the best,probably the self seeded ones knowing my luck.

    thermomix-thermos that you mix stuff in ? just guessing

    #453456
    John and Zoe
    Member

    Wombat post=294717 wrote:

    I give up, what’s a thermomix?

    Nev

    Hi Nev

    Thanks for the compliment on the spuds.:)

    Here is the Thermomix website.

    http://www.thermomix.com.au/01-productprofile.html

    When Zoe first bought ours I nearly died when she told me the price (after she’d purchased it).:ohmy: However, as it replaces most other appliances in the kitchen, it isn’t too badly priced. I’m a huge fan of the machine these days and should mention that several of our friends have invested in a Thermomix, having seen ours in action.

    Regards

    John

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 17 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.