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Solanum tuberosum 'Desiree'

  • Season Icon Late SpringLate Spring 2016
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susiecoupar

Potatoes in sacks - first time, how on earth do you know when to pick them and how do you do it?? #firstearlies #gyo

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zylo

@susiecoupar oh it's dead easy. The plants die back when they are ready to harvest, they turn yellow then brown then die. When most of the foliage has yellowed or browned, you know that the Potatoes are not going to grow any bigger. As yours are in sacks, you can lay out a large sheet or tarp & empty each sack onto the Sheet and Spread the soil out to find potatoes. You could Just dig in but it's surprisingly easy to miss a Potato or 2 that regrow in Spring. I say use a sheet because it makes it

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zylo

@ susiecoular ...considerably easier to return the soil to the sack or a pot. Potatoes are a hugely rewarding crop I have found, & after the first crop Dies Back in summer, you can plant another for an autumn harvest! 👍👍 #gyo

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susiecoupar

@zylo this is super advise, thank you so much! What would you suggest I plant next in the sacks? Which type? Can I use the same soil? Thank you xx

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zylo

@susiecoupar You're welcome, Mine was the pleasure 😊 The soil should be fine for growing Potatoes in, even after the harvest, provided you fertilise as needed. I did the same last year & the crop was brilliant. I found the method of planting the seed potatoes near the bottom & adding soil as they grew gave me the greatest yield & I Incorporated a granulated potato fertiliser into the soil. I have never tried sweet potatoes or any other vine potatoes so I can't really give advice on those. So lo

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zylo

@susiecoupar so long as you Ensure that the soil beneath the top layer is moist (not damp! Be vigilant in avoiding that) & that the soil is adequately fertile, you should have plenty of potatoes. Also, be sure to protect the Potatoes from sunlight as Can often happen near the soil surface. They turn green & poisonous rendering them inedible. 😕

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susiecoupar

Thanks @zylo I will let you know how I get on! Thank you for your invaluable advise x

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zylo

@susiecoupar no problem, & happy gardening! 😊😊

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susiecoupar

@adele24 read these comments

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susiecoupar

Sorry I mean @adele4

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