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Growing potatoes

Posted by Pat 
Pat
Growing potatoes
November 05, 2004 04:52PM
Hi Lynne
Could you post how you grow the potatoes in tyres, and the plastic bag method.
Pat
Re: Growing potatoes
November 05, 2004 07:02PM
Growing Spuds :
Place a car tyre on the ground [ not concrete!] About 1/2 fill it with a mix of good garden soil and compost. Place 3 or 4 tubors on top, eyes up, and cover with more soil mix. When the first leaves come thru, keep covering with soil, adding more tyres as required until the plants are good and deep....about 3 tyres deep....then let them go. Some spuds are best left till the tops die down before harvesting but Jersey bennies can be harvested before then. Just feel around under to check the size.

Growing in bags, the easiest way : 1 x tubor per bag.
Buy "P B 40 " bags from the nursery. We usually do 6. Mix 1/2 Potting mix and 1/2 compost. 1/3 fill with mix and place tubor on top and cover with another 1/3 of mix. When the leaves start spilling over the top place the other 1/3 to top of bag. That's it. You can tell when they are ready as bulges appear around the bag ! About 2 months.
This is initially a bit expensive to set up, but a great yield makes it worthwhile.
Cheers
Pat
Re: Growing potatoes
November 06, 2004 03:49PM
Hi Lynne
Thank you for this I will give D/H the info.
He loves new ideas.
Cheers Pat
Nellie
Re: Growing potatoes
November 07, 2004 12:37AM
We have just entered a 'spud in a bucket' competition, so thank you for your information. How much water do they like? any 'secrets'? This is very serious and secretive so any tips will be greatly appreciated. there are about 40 taking part!! cheers and thanks.
Re: Growing potatoes
November 07, 2004 06:10PM
Gidday Nellie,
Of course this potatoe business is very serious, esp. for a competition !!! Hee Hee. I'll try and help you win !!!
Are you limited to the size of bucket ?
It is essential to have a good mix and good drainage. So, plenty of holes in the bottom. And a 1/2 potting mix, 1/2 good compost. If a standard bucket, one or max 2 tubors. Same As for the bags.....1/3 mix in, pop in tubor another 1/3 on top. As they grow thru that, keep the tops covered till they reach the top, then let them go. With warmer weather coming up, hopefully, keep them well watered. I think as long as you have good drainage, you won't over water. Stand the bucket on a couple of bricks or the likes to begin with, then as they mature and you see roots coming out the drain holes, put the bucket on the ground. Any further ? I would be happy to help.
Good luck and love to hear down the line how you get on.
Cheers !
Re: Growing potatoes
November 07, 2004 10:16PM
seaweed fertiliser
Nellie
Re: Growing potatoes
November 07, 2004 11:31PM
Hey! thanks guys. giggle, giggle, Hubby's coming (he's got his own bucket!) Can't let him know what I'm doing. Will keep you posted!!!!
cheers.
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