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Growing potatoes in bags in the greenhouse: Update

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Growing potatoes in bags in the greenhouse: Update

  We planted some Swift potatoes in a bag in the greenhouse on January 20th – Swift are First Earlies so we were hoping for new potatoes in 7-8 weeks. They took ages to peep through, in fact I was just about to dump them after a couple of months when I saw the first tiny shoots. In April I planted some more Swift seed potatoes in another bag in the greenhouse. They were quick to get going and soon their luxurious foliage was much more lush than the January plants. We moved the bags out of the greenhouse at the beginning of June. Feeling a...

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Potato plans for 2010

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Potato plans for 2010

  “What do you think of my new bag?” I could see that Danny was fumbling for a polite response. “Well it’s ethnic…” In fact I was modelling a potato bag . Our local garden centre had them on offer 3 for the price of 2 so I snapped them up. Danny will be growing potatoes again this year. He’s organised to get seed potatoes from a farming friend. But these will be main crop potatoes and I have a yearning to grow some first earlies. I chose Swift – these can be ready to eat in just 7 weeks.  These will be followed a blight...

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