Potatoes

TopVeg Garden this weekend

TopVeg Garden this weekend These photos are from the TopVeg garden this weekend. The beetroot that was sown 5 weeks ago has come through & is looking healthy. The leeks were sown at the same time but took a long
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Frost threatens Plot

Frost is forecast and threatens to spoil the potatoes in the plot. So the Chef covered his potatoes with fleece tonight.  This will trap the warm air that is around the potatoes and act as a barrier against the frost. 
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Potatoes Ridged Up / Earthed Up

The Chef has ridged up (or earthed up) the first lot of potatoes that he planted in the plot. potatoes ridged up These Maris Bard potatoes were planted on 2nd April, 40 days ago.  The tops were 9 inches above
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Maris Bard Potatoes are Out!

The Maris Bard Potatoes in The Chef’s Plot are out.  This photo shows the fleece pushed back to show the newly emerged leaves of the Maris Bard potatoes that were planted on 2 April.   It has taken a month
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Vivaldi potatoes planted

The Chef planted his Vivaldi seed potatoes in the plot today.The variety Vivaldi is: Second Early known as ‘weight watcher’s potato’ – has up to a third fewer calories and a third less carbohydrate than most other varieties known as
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Potatoes Planted

The Chef was impatient, the potato seed was becoming wizened, so he planted his potatoes in the plot. The Chef worked on the soil to warm it up.  In the morning, he dug a 4″ trench when the sun was
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Cold temperatures in the vegetable garden

The temperature in the vegetable garden is still cold.  Yesterday, the soil temperature in the Chef’s plot was 2.4degrees C. The seed potatoes are happier in the garage at this temperature. So while the soil temperature remains cold there will
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New Potatoes forming

The Chef has seen some new potatoes forming in his plot of a vegetable garden.  The tiny white stems in the soil (stolons) are swelling at the end to form tubers.   The largest plant in the Maris Bard potato
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Seed Potatoes moved out to Garage

The Chef has moved the seed potatoes, from the spare bedroom, out into the garage. The Maris Bard seed potatoes have been on a tray in the spare bedroom since the beginning of February.  The room is very light and
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Chef delays potato planting

The frosty weather is causing the Chef to delay planting potatoes in his plot. They are much safer chitting on the window sill.  If they get frosted their performance will be severely affected.  So protect them from the frost and
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