Wednesday, April 12, 2006

As we're going away for a few days I got down to the allotment for an hour or two and did some jobs. Mainly I planted potatoes through some carpet - these are Desiree. I reckon they should be ok but we'll see! Posted by Picasa


Anonymous Heymou said...

Hello. Mike.
You planted potatoes. I also planted it one month ago. The bud with a beautiful green came out now. I am expecting the thing that a lot of potatoes can be harvested in June. The photographs of the potato were put on my blog and look, please.

Thursday, 13 April, 2006  
Blogger Allotment Lady said...

The potato planting looks good - will save you all that weeding and retain the moisture.

Looking forward to seeing the results

Thursday, 13 April, 2006  
Blogger KT121 said...

It's an interesting way of planting potatoes...seems like a good idea!Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Saturday, 15 April, 2006  
Blogger Allotment Lady said...

Can you link me please Mike

Best wishes

Friday, 21 April, 2006  
Blogger Mike said...

I certainly will - welcome back!

Friday, 21 April, 2006  
Anonymous Jane Perrone said...

hi mike

I'm writing a book of allotments that's going to feature quotes from plot holders. I'm wondering if it's alright to use the quote below from your blog at the top of a list of jobs to do in January - can you let me know?



My main new year's resolution is to keep sowing and planting stuff.
Mike's Allotment Blog

Sunday, 23 April, 2006  
Blogger Mike said...

Hi Jane - thanks for getting in touch. I would be very happy for you to use the quote in your book. Paper not yet totally redundant then?! It would be nice if you could include the blog address somewhere but if not I'd still like you to use it.
It sounds like a great project - I keep toying with the idea of some sort of history of our plotholders with text and photos. Maybe that should be my next New Year's resolution.

Sunday, 23 April, 2006  
Blogger WiZeR said...

Hi Mike, good to see some life on the allotment isn't it? I like your potato sowing idea, do you have any problems harvesting your potatoes in raised beds? Or would you say that raised beds are good for spuds?

Monday, 24 April, 2006  
Blogger Mike said...

Hi WiZer. I have always grown potatoes in raised beds and have never had any problems. I did lose some as they turned green. The theory is that the potatoes planted in staggered rows block the light and smother weed growth at the same time. I find that using black woven groundcover as I did last year helps retain moisture and avoids the problem of greeness. I used carpet this year for the first time because it is free and I got hold of some at the right time. I have grown squashes through carpet many times and found it excellent. It is better than grundcover in many ways as it is heavier and easier to fit. it doesn't flap about tso much or need so much holding down with bits of wood etc.

All the best, Mike

Tuesday, 25 April, 2006  

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