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    I usually throw a few chicken pellets in to the potato pot as I'm topping it up with soil and I've not had the seed rotting. I seem to remember someone on here saying to do that so I tried it and it seems to work well. I use a mix of soil and year old equipoo. Has anyone tried topping up the pots with straw or dried grass clippings ????. Just a thought.
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    Great info there tattieman, thanks

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    Thanks Tattieman, usefull stuff.

    Going back to the chitting stage-how many sprouts should you leave.

    Don't ask me why, but I have always removed them all leaving just the strongest looking one to grow on.

    I am growing mainly 1st earlies, with a single maincrop of King Edwards.

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    Another question for Tattieman I left some of my seed potatoes in the cupard under the stairs in the net bag, they have sprouted big long white sprouts are these going to be ok. I thought they would be ok in the dark.
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    ok i have another potato question, how do i get big potatoes for jacket spuds, and what is the best variety

    and i'm thinking of using the grass clippings method of earthing them up this year, will it be ok to mix the grass clippings with straw from the chickens which will have some poo in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dandamegs View Post
    Thanks Tattieman, usefull stuff.

    Going back to the chitting stage-how many sprouts should you leave.

    Don't ask me why, but I have always removed them all leaving just the strongest looking one to grow on.

    I am growing mainly 1st earlies, with a single maincrop of King Edwards.
    Now if you mean that they are just rubbed off then the sprouts will re-grow. You would need to cut the eyes out with a knife to stop re-growth. I think if you are wanting big spuds that you should leave 3/4 to grow.

    Quote Originally Posted by jackie j View Post
    Another question for Tattieman I left some of my seed potatoes in the cupard under the stairs in the net bag, they have sprouted big long white sprouts are these going to be ok. I thought they would be ok in the dark.
    Best thing to do is gently rub the sprouts off now and then that will give them time to re-grow nice strong chits in the light. All early potatoes are wanting to sprout now.


    Quote Originally Posted by lynda66 View Post
    ok i have another potato question, how do i get big potatoes for jacket spuds, and what is the best variety

    and i'm thinking of using the grass clippings method of earthing them up this year, will it be ok to mix the grass clippings with straw from the chickens which will have some poo in it.
    Ok for an early I would use Winston.
    For a second Early I would use Estima.
    Maincrop King Edward are hard to beat.
    I have never used grass clippings and straw before so you will have to tell me if it works

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    Wow ,this is a great thread as I am on my to pick up my tatties from JBA 2mor. I hope to grow mainly Salad tatties this year, I guess I would leave most of eyes on for Salad tatties?

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    This is a great thread

    Thanks Tattieman, another thing I do that is completely wrong-will put it right this year

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