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    Default Potatoes

    I am going to dig up my potatoes as have been told they must come out of the ground NOW! But keeping them until they are used is a problem for me. I can't get hold of any paper sacks or hessian sacks. Would a card board box do if I make sure I cover them up well?

    Not sure that they really have to come out of the ground now, in my experience they seem to be OK if they stay in a little longer
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    Who told you they have to come up now? A cardboard box should be fine if you do lift them. Avoid plastic cos it makes them sweat. The aim is to keep them dry, cool and dark.

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    My neighbour told me. I have left them in the ground before for longer but he seemed quite adamant. I will use the cardboard box method - thank you
    Slowly takes it!

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    dig the odd plant up and see what they are like. If they are main crop they should last until after the stems die back.
    roger

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    The only reason to keep them in the ground is if they're prone to slug damage or waterlogging (and therefore rotting).

    I leave mine in until I need them ~ and I always miss some, so get free volunteer spuds the year after (yeah, I encourage volunteer spuds, I love 'em so there)
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    It's your plot I presume. He has no right to tell you what to do, only to advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lesleygl View Post
    My neighbour told me. I have left them in the ground before for longer but he seemed quite adamant. I will use the cardboard box method - thank you
    Tell him to butt out?


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    Feisty girls!
    If he's anything like my neighbour - opinionated oaf - I recommend wearing earphones, even if attached to nothing or not playing anything. I take my iPhone whenever I go. If he's there the earphones go in and I sing or whistle along - he soon bolts these days...hee hee hee!
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