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    Hi all, am gonna try planting potatoes this spring in several containers for the first time mainly because i don't have a lot of space. Downside is you need quite a lot of soil/compost to fill the containers. Good quality enriched compost is expensive. Is it ok to buy typical b&q low quality compost and enrich it myself with growmore/bonemeal etc? And reuse it the following year and enrich it again? There is an ironmongers close to me who sells growmore, bonemeal etc unpackaged and by the kilo and is quite inexpensive.

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    Hi Cheops,
    I grow my spuds in a couple of dustbins with holes in the bottom. You only need 6" - 12" of compost in the bottom then just put your seed pots in & cover. Then keep covering as the new shoots pop through. I wouldn't have thought it would be overly expensive.
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    ok, Bigmally thx for that. What compost do you buy and use and after harvesting what do u do with the old compost?

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    Last year I used whatever was cheapest at the local garden centre I put the used compost on beds and dug in. Its not a good idea to use potato compost where you are planning to grow tomatoes or more spuds.

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    I second FionaH - don't be tempted to reuse compost for more spuds or tomatoes, too much chance of passing on diseases to your next crop.

    I, too, use cheap compost and add some chicken manure to mine - seems to work nicely thus far
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    thx Fiona, didnt think the cheap B&Q COMPOST I GOT LAST YEAR WOULD BE SUSTAINABLE FOR THE WHOLE GROWING SEASON OF THE SPUDA BUT I GUESS I COULD MIX IN SOME GROWMORE AND BONEMEAL WHEN I FIRST PLANT. oops sorry for caps.

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    You won't be putting a full bag in all at once, you only need a small amount in the bottom then keep adding as the shoots grow.
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    Freecycle for some topsoil.... I grew a lot of stuff this year jsut gone in builders bags filled with freecycled topsoil and manure.... hardly any cost as long as you don't have to go out of your way to get the soil.... Grew good spuds, decent sweetcorn, onions, beans, courgettes and would have tomatoes if the blight hadn't got em.... not so great on pumpkins, they need too much water......

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