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20-04-2012, 07:43   #1
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Hi - I planted potatoes in a raised bed about 3 weeks ago and of course since then we have had snow, sun, then torrential rain.

It's my first time growing them - do you think they will have rotted? How long before they start poking through generally?
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20-04-2012, 07:54   #2
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I put my first earlies in I think 4 weeks ago and they started to come through last week and seem fine. We've had frosts as well and they havent affected them.
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20-04-2012, 08:03   #3
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Hmm - maybe give it another week then before I get disheartened!
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20-04-2012, 17:57   #4
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upset
dont worry they wont rot its the tops at threat from frosts
when they are up we watch the weather reports and if frost is forecast we cover with newspaper at night.if frost catches them they will still come again but you will get a reduced crop
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22-04-2012, 08:09   #5
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Thank you rabitter - been down with my magnifying glass this morning, still nothing, lol!

On the plus side, my carrots are poking through
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22-04-2012, 08:58   #6
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Thank you rabitter - been down with my magnifying glass this morning, still nothing, lol!

On the plus side, my carrots are poking through
Mine aren't through yet either. You need to be an especially bad gardener to fail to grow potatoes though

I've been to my plot a couple of times this week to check that they haven't come through yet. When they do, it is hard work keeping them earthed up to protect against frost.

Mine can stay underground for another week, please.
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02-05-2012, 13:10   #7
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Woo hoo - been down for a nosey this morning and the little green tops are just poking through! So that's just over 4 weeks since planting. Seems like aaaaages, lol!!
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02-05-2012, 22:08   #8
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ours are up too, no frosts now please
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03-05-2012, 07:42   #9
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Frost forecast for this weekend im afraid.
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03-05-2012, 07:51   #10
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Frost forecast for this weekend im afraid.
I saw that. I am armed with fleece
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03-05-2012, 07:56   #11
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Yeah I need to cover my brassica seedlings which I started off outside with fleece and i'll just earth up my earlies to protect them.
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03-05-2012, 13:49   #12
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oh, best get to it this weekend then
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