Have decided on a slightly experimental potato planting method. Instead of digging a huge trench, filling with manure and sticking the spuds in, I drilled a much shallower hole with a bulb planter, dropped in a potato and filled it up with manure, finishing off with a heap of it. That way theyīll grow up through manure and have plenty of food, but I donīt have to risk myself in the digging. And I know precisely where each tuberīs planted!
Mused on the fact that it doesnīt matter how much plastic you put down, you always get bindweed in the manure heap. Argh.
Managed to get most of my usual varied early tubers in at 1ī spacing, then filled the rest of the bed up with the four novelty coloured maincrops. Then did a double row of Sarpos in the next bed. That needed a bit more preparation, as it was the one that once had the firebox in, and so I had to dig out a fair bit of rock to get the end bit useable. I did fill that up with a proper layer of manure, simply because it was subsoil otherwise. There are the five Anya tubers at that end, already the best chits Iīve got, so they should be ok. The Picasso are the ones still out - very small chits, so can manage to stay out a bit longer. They need to go where the leeks are, so may not get planted for a few weeks.
Finally on to the shallots, which just got popped in to the bed where Iīd had spuds last year, under the Bramley. Then the head got too much and I had to run for home. Managed to forget to pick up the two compost bins, so after an hour asleep, had to go back to pick them up.
Forecast rain for tomorrow, so it is doubtful Iīll get up there, but Friday should be fine. With luck the soil will be softer so I can have a good weeding session.