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Loads of spuds!!

We’ve had a really good crop of potatoes.  For regular readers of my blog you will remember that we tried the no dig method of planting through cardboard to stop the weeds coming up.  The potato plants grew up and we didn’t have to earth them up.  So when the foliage died back we started harvesting them.  Yesterday we dug up the rest.  Firstly we pulled the cardboard away.

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This exposed some potatoes near the surface which meant we did have a few with a little green on them unfortunately.

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Our first earlies were Aaron Pilots which were quite successful.

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For maincrop we had planted Desiree and Maris Piper.  I haven’t weighed them yet but I think we have a fair few pounds, enough to last us well into next year, so now we need to wash, dry, and store them in a hessian sack out of the light.

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There’s nothing quite like home grown spuds, steamed with a bit of fresh mint – lovely – no food miles here.

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Planting our potatoes with the “no dig” method and progress in the garden

We had read about it, so we thought we would give it a try – “No dig” gardening. What is that you ask?  Well the idea is that you cover the ground around the plants you want and it stops the weeds coming up, therefore you don’t need to dig them out.  We understand it can take a couple of years for the weeds to completely stop coming up but we thought we would give it a go.

So we started with the potatoes.  We laid cardboard across the ground and Neil made holes through the cardboard into the earth.

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I followed up by planting a potato into each hole and then we covered with the cardboard.  The idea being that each potato will grow through the hole in the cardboard, but the weeds won’t be able to.

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We then did the same with the onions.  We got the cardboard from our local convenience shop.  He would only put the packaging into recycling so we are recycling a different way.

I took the opportunity to have a look round the garden at what else is growing.  The rhubarb is coming along fantastically and we will be able to pick from it soon.

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Where I had pulled up all the dead strawberry leaves and exposed the new little plants coming up, they are doing well, still small but growing new leaves.

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I had created a border of daffs, narcissus and primroses around one of the lawns.  These have finally come into full bloom and are looking lovely now.

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It’s nice to have a dry day to get some jobs done in the garden.  Saturday was glorious with sunshine but today it is more cloudy, but still a good working day.

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