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What are the White Spots on Potatoes?

When gathering your potato harvest you may notice little white spots covering the spuds. The common misconception is that blight has effected the crop and I’ve heard of some gardeners throwing these spuds away, but what a waste of a crop. The little white …

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Tomatoes, Cornflowers, Potatoes, Cauliflowers

This week Vivi came to give me a hand to help clean the new flower and fruit garden. Jobs include transplanting tomatoes and cauliflowers, sowing cornflowers, earthing-up the greenhouse potatoes in containers; plus Vivi is erecting her climbing bean sticks and her broad beans …

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Planting first early Potatoes

Today is a New Moon day which is good for crops that grow below ground, eg: potatoes, carrots, swede, etc. I planted 2 rows of early potatoes, v. Duke of York, in one of the raised beds. Yes it is early and I wouldn’t …

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Chitting Potatoes Explained

During February and March you’ll hear many gardeners talk about ‘chitting’ potatoes, but what exactly is it and does it help? WHAT IS CHITTING? Chitting is a process of creating little shoots on the potatoes, where you’ll find their ‘eyes’. HOW TO CHIT? Traditionally …

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The Allotment in January

The second month of Winter in recent years has been quite mild, weather wise. Maintenance tasks continue, tools are fixed, fences are repaired and winter projects are completed. Some crops can be sown now but if you haven’t got the luxury of a heated …

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Growing Potatoes

Below you will find a video explaining the process of ‘chitting’. If you find your chits are slow to emerge, place some onions next to them. The onions give off an odour which speeds up the process of chitting.

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The Best Spuds for Jacket Potatoes

I’ve just returned home from the allotment. There were many people tending their plots this evening and we all commented on how dark it was getting at 7:30pm. With the light fading I rushed to harvest some potatoes for dinner. In my no-dig beds …

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