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Growing potatoes in tyres

We have seen articles on growing vegetables in tyres but never tried it ourselves until now. Neil had kept old tyres when buying new ones for the car and this year upon finding some of last years potatoes that had sprouted, decided to try growing potatoes in tyres.

First he filled the tyres with soil, then placed a few potatoes in each and covered them with soil.DSC03044

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As they grew he added more soil, then another tyre or stones to make up the height.

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The warmth from the sunshine on the tyres kept the soil warm and the potatoes grew quicker than those in the ground, grown the traditional way.20190519_154854

They flourished, then died back and we thought it was time to harvest.

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A great yield of new potatoes both red and white was produced by this method.

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When we change the tyres on the car in future we shall definitely keep the tyres for this method of growing.

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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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