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Old 01-02-2014, 12:11 PM   #1
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Notice on our local website for M***** Allotments Association:

"The association is again hosting a Seed Potato Day. 80 plus varieties of seed potato will be available for both plot holders and the public. Onion Sets, Garlic, Shallots, Soft Fruit, Vegetable Seeds and Summer Flowering bulbs. Light refreshments will be available on the day"

EIGHTY varieties of seed potato!!!! I'll be after pink fir-apple as they are great for salads in the summer and some of those dark purple-y ones, as I want to see if they stay purple after cooking. I'll be planting them in a couple of those potato bags to save digging the garden.

Last year they had some really unusual herb seeds. I bought some Good King Henry for salads last year but never got round to planting him so don't know what he tastes like.
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Old 01-02-2014, 01:04 PM   #2
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Eighty varieties! It's a potato fest ....what fun!
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:31 PM   #3
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MC, do you know about growing potatoes in straw, with just a bit of soil on the bottom?
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:54 PM   #4
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MC, do you know about growing potatoes in straw, with just a bit of soil on the bottom?
No, never heard of that. I have plenty of straw - both new and used by an extremely dirty horse. I must look that up on t'internet .

The bags are quite good if you don't want to grow potatoes to feed the 5000. Start with a bit of soil and earth up as the greenery gets taller. Infinitely better that having to double dig trenches in the garden. I'm on clay and it's hard work.

Just looked on a couple of site. Interesting. I expect the straw method would work with bags.

Thanks for the nod, Taxlady
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What I really like about the method with the straw is that the potatoes are fairly clean - no mud or soil stuck to them.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:51 PM   #6
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I have a teeny-tiny yard. I'm fortunate that our city rents garden plots in community garden.
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Our environmental conditions down here probably aren't suited for taters.
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:20 AM   #8
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A hint about using straw in your garden. (bags would be o.k.). Straw comes with a lot of seeds in it. If you use it for mulch, which is very common and very good, you will get a lot of volunteer hay seeds coming up.

The worst thing we ever did, in our very large garden, was to use rice hulls as a mulch!!!!
Our garden looked like a rice paddy for a while!

An experiment with cocoa hulls---- never got off the ground. A bear came by and shook those bags all over the place; guess it liked chocolate!
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A hint about using straw in your garden. (bags would be o.k.). Straw comes with a lot of seeds in it. If you use it for mulch, which is very common and very good, you will get a lot of volunteer hay seeds coming up.

The worst thing we ever did, in our very large garden, was to use rice hulls as a mulch!!!!
Our garden looked like a rice paddy for a while!

An experiment with cocoa hulls---- never got off the ground. A bear came by and shook those bags all over the place; guess it liked chocolate!
That's why you want to make sure to get straw and not hay. Hay intentionally comes with seed heads, 'cause hay is feed and the seeds are extra protein. Straw is bedding and only has unintentional seeds.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:00 PM   #10
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I bought straw bales one year and put down in the spring before the strawberries started sending out runners. Same thought, clean berries, easy to clean and hardly any dirt. Fine. That worked. The Next year, the straw had had so many seeds in it, right after the frost lifted and before I could do it again, there were a trillion oats or grains sprouting and Thisltes. Ack to the last part ! They are hard to dig out once they take hold, the grain sprouts lifted pretty easily when the ground was moist. Lot of weeding though. I didn't repeat this experiment.
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