We once tried growing potatoes (this area is the potato capital of Europe), and it was NOT a success - they were full of holes when we dug them up, and we (and very expert but nearly unintelligible neighbours) think it was little subterranean slugs, so we decided we'd try again but plant them in containers in proprietary compost this time. I took delivery of the seed potatoes last week and am busy chitting them all. Questions:-
1. do you think it would work if I grew them in old supermarket plastic woven "bags for life"?
2. When am supposed to plant them? There are no specific instructions from the seller. I have International kidney (second early), Sarpo Mira (maincrop), Lady Christl (first early)and Roosters(early maincrop). All I would guess is that I shouldn't plant until all chance of frost is past, and that they won't all be planted at the same time. I would go further and guess that I shouldn't be planting until the full moon in just under a couple of weeks' time (everything here is done by phases of the moon, and If I can manage it, I'm very willing to give it a try, but I'm not going to be didactic about it).
I was originally going to send this specifically to the potato queen, Scotsgran, but I am absolutely certain that there are dozens of you out there who will be able to give me answers, so I hope she'll forgive me if I ask everyone.
- 3 Mar, 2012