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    Default Potato Patch - manure or no manure

    Can anyone clarify whether manure on your potato patch, dug in well before planting is OK. My book says not to manure on ground for root crops and whilst I understand this as far as carrots and parsnips are concerned, it specifies that potatos fall into that camp too?
    Am confused

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    Potatoes love manure - the more well rotted the better.

    In my 4 yr rotation, the coming year's potato patch is piled high with a thick blanket of manure in autumn/winter. We have fresh manure delivered to the Hill, so it's fresh when it goes on the beds, but within two or three months or so when the winter weather and the worms have done their work, a quick tickle over with the fork, and they're good to plant the spuds into.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazel at the Hill View Post
    Potatoes love manure - the more well rotted the better.

    In my 4 yr rotation, the coming year's potato patch is piled high with a thick blanket of manure in autumn/winter. We have fresh manure delivered to the Hill, so it's fresh when it goes on the beds, but within two or three months or so when the winter weather and the worms have done their work, a quick tickle over with the fork, and they're good to plant the spuds into.
    That's lovely,thank you! I have well rotted manure which I have been late in putting on in certain areas of the allotment. Could I still add that now and plant seed tubers come end March?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginVegGrower View Post
    That's lovely,thank you! I have well rotted manure which I have been late in putting on in certain areas of the allotment. Could I still add that now and plant seed tubers come end March?
    Oh, yes - and they will thank you for it.

    What spuds are you growing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazel at the Hill View Post
    Oh, yes - and they will thank you for it.

    What spuds are you growing?
    First Earlies = Duke of York and Pentland Javelin
    Second Earlies = Maris Peer
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    The children are also growing in bags this year, five tubers each of Rocket (son) and Charlotte (daughter).

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginVegGrower View Post
    The children are also growing in bags this year, five tubers each of Rocket (son) and Charlotte (daughter).
    What will you feed them on?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazel at the Hill View Post
    What will you feed them on?!
    MANURE, MANURE, MANURE! although son already eats us out of house and home. Nearly 14 and he has reached that double portion of breakfast in the morning
    Good job daughter is slim jim and has the appetite of a bird!

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