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onnyview

  • Joined Dec 2009
    • onnyview free range produce
new pots for crimbo
« on: June 03, 2011, 10:29:33 pm »
Hi all,

would like to give this a go this year and I remember reading an article about it a little while back, but can I find it? ::)

So, can someone please help with with how to go about growing them and which varieties?

Thanks!

 :farmer:
Onnyview free range produce- Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, Hill Radnor and Llanwenog sheep.

www.onnyview.moonfruit.com

NorthEssexsmallholding

  • Joined Dec 2010
Re: new pots for crimbo
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2011, 09:55:17 am »
christmas trees?  I looked into this, they take a good while to grow, about 10-15 years I think from a young sapling to a decent sized tree.

suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: new pots for crimbo
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2011, 10:20:13 am »
Do you mean new potatoes? or things in pots?
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Dizzycow

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Re: new pots for crimbo
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2011, 05:04:38 am »
Assuming you mean potatoes, I've just ordered some second crop potatoes for christmas from Thompson & Morgan. Never done a second crop before, but some of my earlies are looking like they could be ready soon so thought I'd give it a go!

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
Re: new pots for crimbo
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2011, 09:26:07 am »
Marshall's recommend 'Charlotte' and to plant in July.  Once the foliage is frosted, cut it down, they say, then bring the pots of pots under cover and leave them in the soil until needed for Christmas.
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suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: new pots for crimbo
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2011, 01:11:09 pm »
Oh right - so plant the Charlotte pots in pots in July at the outset?
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
Re: new pots for crimbo
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2011, 02:42:38 pm »
 ;D ;D I think so but it's not something I do so just going by what Marshall's 'summer catalogue' says - and you can buy a bag to plant them in plus some tubers and some fertiliser for the princely sum of 9.99 + P&P - I prefer the soil with my own sheep manure for nothing  ;D  If I was going to plant in containers I would use old feed sacks turned inside out as they are free  :) But I prefer roast tatties at Christmas anyway - scrummy Mayan Gold :spud: :spud:
Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the the lifeblood of your land.

onnyview

  • Joined Dec 2009
    • onnyview free range produce
Re: new pots for crimbo
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2011, 05:03:52 pm »
Thanks for the help. I remember something about building up the soil around the potatoes and to keep covering the foliage? Like I said, brain addle.

Anyway, I shall be getting hold of some Charlottes and plant them in July.
Onnyview free range produce- Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, Hill Radnor and Llanwenog sheep.

www.onnyview.moonfruit.com

NorthEssexsmallholding

  • Joined Dec 2010
Re: new pots for crimbo
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2011, 11:19:49 pm »
so if I want so roast tatties for christmas I should plant them in sacks, covering the leaves before the frost?

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
Re: new pots for crimbo
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2011, 01:19:20 am »
Well that's what the seed companies are advertising, but if you have a polytunnel or a mild climate and can cover your crop with soil, polythene or fleece when it gets cold, then I don't see why you can't plant them in the ground as normal.  The advantage of sacks is that you can move them under cover if frost threatens (or snow as last year) but potatoes in the ground last fine as long as they are well earthed up or covered with a thick layer of straw.  But if you have suitable containers it might be worth trying both methods for comparison.
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