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Post by Compostwoman 21st February 2010, 11:51 am

Here is a link to a post on my blog about growing potatoes and artichokes in 2009, with more info and pictures

Main details, below, with updates from how it all went.

Growing Potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes

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To avoid introducing pests and diseases into your crop, buy good quality, certified seed potatoes and start 'chitting' them as early as possible. This process encourages the tubers to produce strong, sturdy sprouts and gives an earlier maturing crop.

This is what you do:

Store the seed tubers in a light, cool (10°C), frost free spot and leave them to sprout. This is known as chitting. Place the tubers rose end up (the end where the tiny buds can be seen), in a clean box or tray. An egg box would be ideal, or a fruit tray from a supermarket ( the thick card ones are good!)

If you have more than one variety, label the box ( :-) )

Keep in a cool dark place.

When you see tiny shoots appearing move the tubers to a cool (8-10°C), light place.

Potatoes in the ground.

Dig in well-rotted manure or garden compost (apply no more than one wheelbarrow-full of well-rotted strawy manure, or two of compost, per 10 sq metres of ground) Plant tubers into trenches or in individual holes, 7-15cm in depth, cover with soil. See spacings below:

I make a shallow trench and then dig a hole for each tuber in the trench, this gives me soil to earth up the growing plants as required.

I use a shovel of my home made compost in each of the holes with a tuber in, plus a scoop of wood ash and a scoop of organic "Rooster" chicken manure (available from the Organic Gardening Catalogue).

1st early – 28-36cm apart, 38-50cm between rows.
2nd early & maincrop – 36-45cm apart, 65-75cm between rows.

Potato planting can start from mid March in milder areas, where frost is rare. If the soil is slow to warm, wait until April or May, or protect early plantings with fleece or cloches.

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Compostman dug over the ground for me and then I made some trenches and dropped each spud in a hole in the bottom of the trench, with some organic chicken poo pellets, wood ash and some grass clippings (they help prevent scab)

I then tucked the spuds up nice and warm with a good covering of soil....

Every year we grow enough spuds to last us from late June/early July until the following May... so we only buy potatos for about a month or so every year.

But in 2007 we lost virtually all our Maincrop harvest to blight (oh what a suprise, after all the wet weather we had!)

2008 was a bit better, because we had good weather in Feb and March I got the earlies and 2nd Earlies in, well..... early ;-)

so when the blight hit again, we had a good crop to harvest, which stored well.

In 2009 I spaced out the rows a little more, AND left a larger gap between each spud within the trench, so hopefully more air got in between the potato plants.
d) I did not growing maincrop varieties which need a longer growing season to mature and so are worst affected by blight.

As a result we had a decent harvest and are still eating out own spuds.

Potatoes in grow sacks.

But what do you do if you don't have space in the ground?

You grow spuds in bags or pots, thats what!

To get an earlier crop I planted these in Feb on a waning moon. If you have a sheltered place you will get an earlier crop by doing this, up to 4 weeks earlier. Mmmmm new potatoes and butter

They were nice, and we ate some about a month earlier than outdoor ones...but the yield was poor.

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Jerusalem Artichokes

They are grown in the same spot each year, for if you miss a tuber it will grow like a volunteer potato, so prepare the ground well with plenty of manure which you can top up as a mulch in winter. Be careful where you site them, the foliage easily reaches 2 metres and 2.4 metres is common. The stems are quite delicate and you will need to provide support with stakes and string in windy locations.

Plant individual tubers about 40 to 60cm (15" to 24") apart around 12cm (4" to 6") deep in early spring and in a few weeks the shoots will appear. If you have more than one row, allow 75cm (30") between rows. When they reach about 30cm (12") high, earth up a little as for potatoes.

They are quite a productive crop, 3kg from one plant is typical so you don't need many seed tubers.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid 21st February 2010, 12:40 pm

Any advice on how to rid soil of Jerusalem artichokes after the damn things have established, or is the plot spoiled forever by the accursed tubers?

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Post by Compostwoman 21st February 2010, 12:47 pm

Mmmm I have that same problem Billy.

To try to get rid, I have dug over the raised bed where they grow and got out all the volunteer JA's left behind...as that is what causes the fresh growth. So, in theory, I shouldn't have any new ones...BUT I am taking no chances...

I am moving the raised bed where the JA's have been growing, so the Mega Hen Pen can be constructed over it.!

So far, I have found hens the most efficient method of eradicating ANYTHING growing....

It also depends on how defined an area they have been growing in...if you can't dig out all the tubers could you put down a light excluding mulch to smother them?

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