First early potatoes and February weather

I can’t believe that some of our allotment-holders have already put their earliest spuds in, but they have!

I won’t be planting mine until at least mid-March, but this allotment-holder appears to know something I don’t – I fully expected to find some containerised potatoes had been planted on site over the weekend, as I know a lot of our plot-holders are very keen to start off first earlies in tubs and sacks, but I was utterly gobsmacked to find these substantial rows of potatoes already well earthed up.

I shall track down the gardener and find out what variety he or she has planted and what aftercare they use, as my soil stills seems too cold and wet to make a good base for potato planting, but perhaps there’s something to be learnt from this grower? Or perhaps they are just wildly optimistic …

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, February 18, 2010

3 Comments:

Blogger Jo said...

I still can't get my spade in the ground yet as it's so claggy, never mind ridging up. It will be mid March at the earliest for me too, if not later.

February 18, 2010 at 5:58 AM  
Anonymous allotments4you said...

It does seem terribly early to be planting out, I planted mine mid march last year and some of the allotment holders down our allotments thought I was early....maybe they have heard a fantastic weather report that everyone else has missed!!

February 18, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Damo said...

Very keen indeed, my soil seems to wet for spuds yet but who knows maybe their gamble will pay off.

February 18, 2010 at 1:23 PM  

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