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CROPPING MAIN CROP POTATOES EXPERIMENT

I wanted to share with you a film on an experiement I conducted this year to see just how little effort you could put into a potato crop and still get a viable return.  These potatoes were sown directly onto some well rotted manure which had been placed on top of three layers of cardboard on totally uncultivated ground.  They were then covered with 3inches of well rotted manure and left to their own devices.  At its simplest this could be considered a no dig method and whilst I would not recommend this if you have a small space it has cultivated the ground quite deeply and has produced a much more than acceptable crop of the three varieties I choose for this experiment.

 

The 3 variety i used for the experiment were

Pink Fir Apple – very knobbly so can be a pain to clean but very nice taste eaten hot or cold

Vitelotte –  also called Vitelotte noire, Négresse or Truffe de Chine, is a gourmet French variety of blue-violet potato.Great taste doesn’t crop as heavy as some modern variety’s having been bread around 1860 but I always make room for some as its my personal favorite

Harlequin – This was my first time growing Harlequin as I like to try at least one new  variety each season.The crop was fantastic ,double Pink Fir Apple which was one of its parents and I think the taste both hot and cold is equal to it.

Not included in this experiment but which I also grow and would recomend are BF15 – High-yielding first early salad potato, as delicious as its name is unromantic, which I also grow in bags for Christmas and Mayan Gold another with great taste.

Remember if you are storing your potatoes they need to be in Paper or hessian sacks with the light exclude or they will turn green and not be fit for eating

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HOW TO GROW CUCAMELONS

One of the most popular ‘designer vegetables’ Cucamelons are easy to grow productive and fairly trouble free whether being allowed to cascade from a hanging basket or climb a support in the greenhouse with the same care as a cucumber they will produce lots of grape sized fruit.

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QUADGROW – TOMATO UPDATE MID AUGUST 2013

This latest update clearly shows the advantages you gain when choosing this system to grow your tomatoes the crop is larger and more fruit on the trusses

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CHILLIGROW UPDATE AUGUST 2013

Quick update of me Chillies growing in the chilli grow shows that having access to feed and water when they want it means that you get a great number of peppers  and strong plants from a really small space

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GROWING TOMATOES IN A QUADGROW – UPDATE 4

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