Archive for Root Vegetables

Overdue Update

I haven’t posted in about 5 weeks so there is much to update on. I just started selling my first produce this week, just lettuce and spring onions at the moment, with new potatoes, cabbage and broccoli coming into maturity in the next few weeks.

The new potatoes are well up and doing well, this picture is looking down a row of Duke of York.

The cabbage (Greyhound) is looking very healthy and should be ready for cutting in two weeks.

The first broccoli (Kabuki F1) seen here to the right of the cabbage is about 2-3 weeks from maturity. There has been a little bit of catterpillar damage so far but nothing major. I’ll start using a caterpillar predator called Bacillus Thurengiensis in the next week or so.

This is a row of mixed salad leaves with a row of butterheads to the left.

Little Gem, a cos lettuce.

Multiplanted spring onions.

The multiplanted blulb onions are also doing well. Weeds tend to congregate close to the base of the onions as this is the trickiest to weed with a hoe, this means tedious hand weeding.

The brussels sprouts (Wellington F1) are also looking extremely healthy. There’s about 160 in this bed for selling around Christmas.


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First Potatoes of the Year

I just harvested my first ultra early potatoes from the poltyunnel. I planted two 30′ rows on January 17th, one row each of Colleen and Orla. These in the picture are Orla. I hadn’t tried this variety before and I can confirm that the flavour is very good, they really melt in you mouth.

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Polytunnel Potatoes Update

My potatoes in the polytunnel have put on a tremendous amount of growth in the last month, as you can see from the picture below taken on March 23rd. Some of them are even beginning to flower.

I hope to be lifting my first baby potatoes in about two weeks time.

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Super Early Potatoes

I planted two 30′ rows of early potatoes in my polytunnel on January 17th. The late frosts checked their growth but they are all well up now and looking healthy. The varieties I planted were Orla on the left and Colleen on the right. I am expecting them to be ready to harvest around the middle of May. These are just for my own and family consumption. I haven’t grown potatoes in a polytunnel or grown either of these varieties before but they appear to be doing well.

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Early Potatoes in the Ground

I had the 2.5 acre field power harrowed on Monday morning and got straight to work planting the early potatoes.  I opened up a drill using the wheel hoe with a ridger attachment which I also used to cover up the drills.

In the above photo you can see the wheel hoe with the ridger attachment. The other tool is a row marker.

The varieties I planted were Home Guard and Duke of York for 1st earlies and British Queen for 2nd earlies. They were planted 12″ apart in drills 30″ apart. I planted 1000m2 (.25 acre) in total.

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Seed Potatoes Arrive

My order of seed potatoes arrived today from Potato Services Ireland in Tullamore. I’ll be growing Home Guard and Duke of York as first earlies, British Queens as second earlies and a small amount of Record as a maincrop. I am not growing a large maincrop this year as I do not have the facilities to store them at the moment. Hopefully I will next year.

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Parsnips Started (Well, one bed)

The weather had been pretty dry here for the last week, so instead of watching football, rugby and GAA all day I decided that I’d try to till out a seed bed for some parsnips. The soil was just about dry enough to get a decent seed bed and I managed to get one 1.5m by 50m bed sown. There are 3 rows of parsnips per bed with 18″ between rows.

The pity however is that it’s supposed to rain here for the next 4/5 days so it is unlikely that I will be able to get anymore parsnips sown in the next week as the soil will be too wet to till. No worries though, still plenty of time to get them in the ground.

Just a sidenote here, the camera on my iPhone is pretty poor so from now on I’m going to try and take most photos with a proper digital camera.

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