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    Default Potato planting distance - time-limited question

    Hi All

    I'm leaving work early tonight (3.30pm) to plant my main crop potatoes and ... I don't have space to plant them all at the proper distance (rows 30" apart, 15" between spuds = 24 spuds). So please tell me, what's the best way to cheat the system?

    Option a) rows 24" apart, 15" between spuds (= 30 spuds planted) or
    Option b) rows 30" apart, 12" between spuds (= 32 spuds planted)

    I bought about 40 spuds so I'm really not wanting to waste them but can only cope with a couple of bags of spuds on the patio.


    Any advice gratefully received!
    Last edited by T-lady; 22-04-2008 at 12:11 PM.
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    OOps looks like mine are too close together - rows 12" apart spuds 12" apart. They seem to be growing OK so far. I'd go for option (a) of those.

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    Hey srodders

    Were yours main crop or earlies ?
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    Option a) is about the same as mine maincrops will be planted!
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    Thanks snadger
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    I put my maincrop spuds in a raised bed thats around metre wide. I'm not planning on walking on it, so didn't need any space between the rows. I have therefore put three rows in, probably about 10 inches between, and am planning to cover the whole bed with straw when they start to poke through rather than earth them up (an idea nicked from Snadger I think!).
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    I'd go for 15" each way but stagger the rows.
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    Thanks folks, it's 3.33pm so I'm off home. It takes 40 minutes to drive there, that gives me that much time to pondr what you've said and make a decision ... arrgh!
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