Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Last of the Potatoes Harvested


We finally got round to digging up the last of the potatoes at the weekend.  The two of us spent most of Sunday tidying up the veggie patch and the surrounding area.  While Lovely Hubby started off by digging up the potatoes I gradually worked my way round the other beds weeding, pulling up spent plants and turning over the soil.


Once this had been done the bare raked soil was fed with 6X which is a nice natural fertiliser that we will use until our own compost is ready for use next year, and then topped with Green Manure seeds, a mixture of Rye and Buckwheat.


Looking good, if a little bare, in the sunshine.


We managed a total of 27lbs (around 12kgs) of potatoes from the top bed, the lower bed had been harvested just before the Trelawnyd and Llanrwst Shows .... it's taken us this long to use up the potatoes.  Looking back on the blog post I did then I have just noted we dug up 5.5kg from the first bed, so leaving them growing longer has definitely boosted the size and weight of the crop.


Once they had been drying in the sunshine for a couple of hours they were taken into the house, 20lbs of them were in perfect condition and have been stored in the cupboard under the stairs where it is cool and dark, the other 7lbs most of which are either slightly damaged or have some green patches, will be used first and are in the kitchen cupboard.


I made a very nice discovery while I was weeding the garlic bed. 

 Remember way back in the growing season when I lamented that the birds or rabbit had eaten all the greenery off the garlic and I had to pull up what I could before the lot vanished, well although since then we've had lots of rain and damp somehow the planted cloves that remained in the soil had started to sprout.  Now the pesky wildlife have once again been nibbling the tops, so they were all dug up.  I managed to plant 84 single cloves of garlic safe and snug in the net tunnel, we will see how they do over the next few months.

It's just a shame that we didn't wait until after this tidying session to go out and buy next year's garlic!!

I  had just the previous day bought two packs of three heads of garlic for planting.  So one of them has been added alongside the rescued cloves from the hillside as a comparison crop and I will try and find space for the some of  others in the polytunnel to see how it compares.  A couple of heads will be planted on the hillside with a net cloche to complete the comparison.

Hopefully we will have more garlic than we know what to do with by this time next year.  There will be no vampires on this hillside for sure!!

Sue xx

13 comments:

  1. You've just reminded me, I must dig my spuds up today. There won't be many, but a few is better than none.

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    1. Definitely get them in Ilona, a few is most certainly better than none, you can't beat home grown spuds :-)

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  2. I suspect with the release of The Martian this week which we are excited to see, I might learn a lot more about growing potatoes. :) Except none of us will be growing them on Mars.

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  3. Have you got much depth of soil on your hillside? I ask as so much of hillcountry Wales is close to the bedrock (as we are here in fact).

    You certainly won't run out of garlic next year. I must get mine planted too - once I've taken seed from the MASSIVE growth of Nasturtiums in the other half of the bed which have threatened to engulf the entire area.

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    1. There's not a lot of depth, hence the raised beds, but it's not as bad in the paddock of which this Veggie Patch was once a part as it is in some other places. We had to get big machinery in to be able to get the garage and workshop where the planning permission said it had to be.

      My Nasturtiums went wild this year too, in fact I am having a second flush of plants from the seeds that it self sowed.

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  4. That's a good harvest of potatoes. I love to see nice neat vegetable beds like yours. X

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  5. Our neighbour gave us a really nice crop of red potatoes from his front garden plots! Always great eating. His kale is good too.

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  6. Fantastic spud harvest, they look a decent size too! You've reminded me that I must dig mine up too :)

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  7. Our spuds are up and today I pulled out the courgettes as I thought they'd finished. I still managed to find another 3 hiding beneath the foliage! Most of my plot is now bare and it will get turned over in the spring. There are still the runner beans to cut down and the asparagus to die back.
    And so to bed!
    xx

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  8. Lovely bunch of potatoes. I great digging things up it's like finding treasure.

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  9. Getting a good harvest when you dig up something subterranean is somehow much more exciting than harvesting something you already know to be good because you can see it! This year I installed some extra-deep (40cm) raised beds, and I think they have made a big difference. My previous ones were only 20cm deep, and I think they were not deep enough.

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  10. Great looking potatoes. I love raised beds.. I'm so glad we did ours, much easier to manage :o)

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  11. That is quite a harvest of potatoes. You two work very hard at getting such wonderful produce from your gardens.

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