A Spuddy Good Day

2nd April 2016 – A day I will never forget, planting my first ever potatoes!

Due to bad weather my plans of joining the Easter potato planting tradition were scuppered. My fingers have been tightly crossed all this week, hoping for some luck and sunshine this weekend.
I woke up to the sun shining this morning and by midday, temperatures up to 17c.So no ‘jackets’ required, quite ironic as it was spud day.  Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

Potato day has arrived!

After posting Time for a ‘Chit’ Chat back in February, a very kind friend messaged me and advised that her father in-law is a potato doctor and holds the highest yield of potatoes per acre in the UK record! Now this is one of those comments that causes a million and one questions popping into your mind at once…predominately..a what, how, why?!

But no…I have to stay cool…stay cool…

So I won’t give any of the tips and advice away because that would just be rude, let’s just say that my plans didn’t go ahead due to the scheduled rain this evening.

Four trenches to dig and 2kg of potatoes to plant, 1kg Charlotte and 1kg Sarpo Mira both from Dobies.

My method of researched madness:
– Dug all the trenches roughly 10cm deep, approx. 70cm between rows
– Heavy clay soil, so lined the trenches with a combination of compost and well rotted manure.
– Left the trenches to warm up for two hours
– Using a tape measure, I placed the potatoes in the trenches, chits upwards.
– Charlotte – 37cm apart, Sarpo Mira – 45 cm apart.
– Time to cross my fingers again and tuck them into bed…..nervous..
– All four trenches covered up, and towered to approximately 20cms
– Gently watered ahead of the forecasted rain

Job done!

This is the first time I have done any watering at No.27. It gave me a small insight into the watering challenge I have ahead to experience when the plot is in full swing and everything is growing.
Let’s say, I am very pleased the water trough is right near my plot.

Are you growing spuds? Planted yours yet?

2nd April is now officially Spud Day!


36 thoughts on “A Spuddy Good Day

  1. Kalamain says:

    Just waiting for this weekend, Warm weather scheduled and it all coincides with a couple of days off work!

    I will be taking a trip to get some compost and spudding will be done. No sleep will be had… But potatoes will be! B-)

  2. Steve Quack says:

    Ha. Well done Belle. I assume that you missed out on the traditional ‘ Mr Potato Head dance’ after ridging up your trenches!

      • Steve Quack says:

        Just a bit of a tradition when the grandchildren are helping to plant them. Interesting though, it always seems to work!

      • Steve Quack says:

        I forgot to mention that there is a great site on the internet for the potato council which provides information on the characteristics of every conceivable variety in production. Provides information on susceptibility to pest and diseases. Really useful. I’m growing Rocket as an early and Harmony as a main.

  3. Richard Chivers says:

    Fantastic! If you are like me, every trip to the plot will have you studying the soil waiting to see your first potato plants peeking through! Still no sign of my earlies – I am actually quite glad as we still have a few frosts to contend with.

    • livingwithbelle says:

      Haha, I already want to go check! I definitely will be the same! It’s raining here now so they will be getting a good water after the heat we have had today and due tomorrow. I am hoping I have planted mine deep enough to avoid the frost but have some fleece ready just in case.

      • Richard Chivers says:

        Ha ha I’m glad its not just me then!
        I’m sure they will be fine. Hopefully by the time they start showing through the soil we will be passed the frost period. Looking forward to seeing how they come along.

  4. Mr TGTBT says:

    Mine went in 2 weeks ago, but I am cheating ….. They are in containers in the polytunnel. And yes daily checks for the first shoots are definitely part of my routine ( sometimes twice daily!). Good luck with yours ☺

  5. Flighty says:

    Well done. The real fun is when you dig them up in a few months time, it’s like looking for buried treasure. I’ve planted a few with the rest to follow over the next week or two. I dig individual holes rather than a trench. As I may have previously mentioned Charlotte are my favourites.
    Happy gardening. xx

    • livingwithbelle says:

      Thank you Mike. I can’t wait, not sure how many to expect really so it will be fun. I have read roughly 5-10 potatoes off each plant though. Happy gardening and the sun is shining 🙂 x

  6. TheDigger says:

    I’ve done my first earlies (Pentland Javelin) but my second earlies will prob go in next weekend. Good luck with your first crop!

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