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New potatoes for xmas

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by markr on October 09, 2006 11:09 PM
Ive just been looking through some seed catalouges, and found that there selling seed potatoes to put in the ground about now, so you can have new potatoes around xmas.
ive just brought some spuds home, and im thinking about planting some in buckets.
and putting them in the greenhouse.
has anyone tried this yet?

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by ChristinaC on October 10, 2006 08:39 AM
I haven't. [Wink] [Big Grin]

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by ChristinaC on October 10, 2006 08:40 AM
Seriously though...good luck, and let us how it turns out. [thumb]

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by badplanter on October 10, 2006 08:53 AM
I've never Tried it Mark, but good luck with them!

How large are the buckets?
If they're too small, I don't think they'll be able to grow...

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by Deborah L. on October 10, 2006 09:51 AM
I'll bet it would work if the buckets are large enough and you use that tire method we've read about in this forum.
Can't hurt to try and might be fun !
Remember, just some good butter and a sprinkle of salt ! [grin]

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by markr on October 11, 2006 06:20 AM
If it rains tommorow, im in the greenhouse then!
ive got some Arron pilot with sprouts on, and some buckets [thumb]

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by Deborah L. on October 11, 2006 06:26 AM
It'll be fun - and keep us posted !

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by markr on October 11, 2006 07:01 AM
just hope it doesnt freeze to hard [Wink]

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by Deborah L. on October 11, 2006 10:19 AM
Will the greenhouse be warm enough?
I wonder if you could surround the buckets with straw or even a blanket or something?

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by SpringFever on October 11, 2006 07:22 PM
Sounds Good let us know how it turns out!! [thumb]

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by penny in ontario on October 11, 2006 09:12 PM
Cant wait to hear how it turns out!! [thumb]

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by markr on October 12, 2006 05:31 AM
yes the greenhouse will be warm enough, ive got a heater in there [Wink]
im not going to use it unless it freezes hard though!

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by Deborah L. on October 12, 2006 05:50 AM
Oh ! LOL ! I didn't know they're heated ! You must have had a good laugh at the blanket and straw suggestion ! [Embarrassed] [Big Grin]

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by markr on October 12, 2006 07:04 AM
No i didnt [Wink]
you wasnt to know i had a heated greenhouse!
ive often been out there late at night with the news papers, just to tuck em in at night [nutz] [lala]

now i just flick a switch to the thermostat [grin]

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by Deborah L. on October 12, 2006 09:18 AM
LOL !
Are you growing flowers or anything else in the greenhouse? Lettuces?
Just thought of something - my ex-husband lives in Derbyshire. Do you know where that is?

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by markr on October 13, 2006 06:44 AM
all ive got in the greenhouse is toms, peppers, and cucumbers.
there all starting to come to an end,
once there gone i usualy leave it empty until feb, then it all starts again....

ive been to derby a few times for auctions, not been for about ten years though!

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by Deborah L. on October 13, 2006 07:44 AM
Thanks for answering about Derbyshire. Over here, the word looks as though it would be pronounced "Dur - bee - shy - ur".
But I was told that it is correctly said "DAR - buh - sheer".
Right or wrong? (I'm Californian and do not speak English). [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

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by markr on October 14, 2006 05:00 AM
Try Dar bee sheer
say it loud! [Big Grin] [Wink]
thats why english is so hard to learn, the person who invented it had no idea how to spell [lala]

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by Deborah L. on October 14, 2006 07:45 AM
Thanks ! Good one !
You do realize of course that your English American cousins do not speak our mother tongue.... [Big Grin]

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by reba on November 13, 2006 01:09 AM
The trick to growing potato's in a bucket is the soil.I recommend soilless compost (it is the lightest stuff I have available to me and does not compact).If you use regular soil,it will get rock hard after a few waterings.I grow stuff in big tree buckets all the time and I have over 60 foot of windowboxes,so I have to be up on my container gardening.I can go out and stick my hand in under the plant and steal new potato's with no effort,the soil is so loose.
by cookinmom on November 14, 2006 01:38 AM
Hey Mark,
I saw a thing in an organic gardening book once, where they planted potato slips in nothing but straw, in trash cans. When it was time to harvest, they just tipped the whole thing upside down and picked out the 'taters!
Your bucket thing might work the same way!

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by glenda on November 14, 2006 05:09 AM
Hi Mark,
Two years ago I had a go at xmas spuds,I used buckets and planted them deep, used polystyrene and newspaper.I didnt get a massive crop, but I did eat home grown spuds on Christmas Day.Good Luck let me know how they grow. [thumb]

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by markr on November 14, 2006 06:52 AM
Glenda, i didnt get them in, wish i had because the greenhouse is empty now.

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by reba on November 14, 2006 09:37 PM
You can raise potato's in straw but mice may move in also. [kitty] You can start the potato's (let them green up and then carefully cut up without breaking the emerging stems) if you want to still try it.I think they call it chitting.

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