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 Post subject: Re: Potatoes
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:31 am 
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Anyone know where i can get sweet potato spud seeds or vines?


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 Post subject: Re: Potatoes
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:34 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Potatoes
PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:04 pm 
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Harvested my first bed of pontiacs yesterday. As well as the ones in shot - I robbed a good bucket or from the bed gradually over the last month or so.

I've got another slightly larger bed of pontiacs in as well as a bed of sebagos that is about 4 times the size, but these beds went in very late and the plants have suffered badly from the heat and leaf eating insects. Result will be very low yields and small tubers I'm affraid. Another lesson learnt for next year.

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 Post subject: Re: Potatoes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:43 am 
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Is that a nice load of garlic there? Looks great!

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 Post subject: Re: Potatoes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:53 pm 
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zman....best sweet spuds are grown from vine runners, cut in about 300mm lengths.
If you cant get any, buy a few sp from stupor mkt and let them shoot, then cut off shoots and plant them.

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 Post subject: Re: Potatoes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:52 pm 
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Have pulled my sebagos over the last couple of weekends. The late planting resulted in a reduced yield, but I am reasonably happy in the circumstances. Have taken a pic of what is left of the pontiacs and the sebagos. Have eaten quite a few already - the Mrs has made a couple of big potato bakes as well as the usual microwaved tatas with various meals.

Still have some pontiac plants to harvest from the last bed. Don't expect a great deal more potatoes - maybe a bucket (2 at the most).


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 Post subject: Re: Potatoes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:12 pm 
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them thar pink ones aint sebagos.........

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 Post subject: Re: Potatoes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:30 pm 
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No - they are the pontiacs.


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 Post subject: Re: Potatoes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:48 pm 
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veggie boy wrote:
Have pulled my sebagos over the last couple of weekends. The late planting resulted in a reduced yield, but I am reasonably happy in the circumstances. Have taken a pic of what is left of the pontiacs and the sebagos. Have eaten quite a few already - the Mrs has made a couple of big potato bakes as well as the usual microwaved tatas with various meals.

Still have some pontiac plants to harvest from the last bed. Don't expect a great deal more potatoes - maybe a bucket (2 at the most).


That's a tasty looking harvest. What kind of bed layout did you use to grow them?


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 Post subject: Re: Potatoes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:20 pm 
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I used a trench and hilling method, similar to that shown in the following website:

http://www.hellohello.com.au/information/plant-information/growing-your-own-spuds.html

In the past I have used various methods including growing in straw layers, but have found this one to be the most effective for sure.


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 Post subject: Re: Potatoes
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:22 pm 
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Just harvested my Delaware and Ruby Lou spuds, I reckon I increased the volume of seed potatoes by a factor of 8 with the Delaware and 6 for the Ruby Lou, although the Rubys were bigger and rounder. I planted mine in a mound of dirt and covered with straw, even though I am happy with my yield none of the spuds were growing in the actually straw, it seams that the straw just keeps the sun off the spuds that break the surface to stop them turning green.
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I also tried mulching with dogs which may no difference either. Next year I will do the trench and mound method as advocated by Veggie Boy.
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 Post subject: Re: Potatoes
PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:02 am 
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Like the dog mulch :clap:
We also didn't get any growing in the straw, after trying the 'no dig' method. In the past we have had much more success with the trench and hilling method, but it is so much more work!!

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 Post subject: Re: Potatoes
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:16 pm 
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Simo wrote:
Questions on hilling up the spuds:

How big do you let the plants get before doing it?

Do you cover the whole plant or leave the tips of the leaves exposed?

Thanks :mrgreen:

Did we get an answer on this my ones are a few inches of leaves showing at the moment
Do I totally cover or partially cover?


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 Post subject: Re: Potatoes
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:41 pm 
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Last year I jus covered the stems and left the tops of the leaves exposed, I did this when they were about 6 to 8 inchs high, seemed to work OK.

Not sure what everyone else does though :dunno:

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 Post subject: Re: Potatoes
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:26 pm 
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Anyone seen this before?

Mostly on only one variety and mosly from the same section of garden bed, does not seem to penetrate the spud, cosmetic only.


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