1 EAGLETON NOTES: Home Grown

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Saturday, 19 September 2009

Home Grown

A few weeks agoMargaret from Margaret's Ramblings blogged about Lost Potatoes.  In my comment I said that I had a friend, Iain, who grew potatoes both in the ground and in sacks.  I said that I would seek his views and tell Margaret.  Iain and Carol came to dinner last night bringing some of the results of his efforts  It gave me the opportunity to quiz him on the subject of potatoes.  He has had an excellent and abundant crop in the sacks.  He grows them in a mixture of his own and bought compost.  We have had a great deal of rain but Iain's view is that even so you need to give them lots and lots of water when they are developing.  These particular ones are Kerr's Pinks which are very popular on the Island.





Scriptor Senex is not alone in having remarked on the dearth of butterflies this year.  Iain has had a bumper crop of root vegetables this year but has lost all his brassicas to caterpillars.  There's been no shortage of butterflies here this year.

4 comments:

  1. My wonderful neighbor grows quite a large garden. In our part of the U.S. this year, there was a sort of fungus that spread through, molding tomatoes and apparently overtook some of his potatoes as well; not to mention the little mole critters and mice that nibbled away at some.

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  2. Your friend grows potatoes in those blue sacks? What a great idea. Cheaper than pots and do the same job. You have some nice vegies for your dinners this week, huh?

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  3. Nice!!!!
    ....innovative!!!
    ...and...by the way...
    YUM!
    ;^)
    (This is uncanny...in the research paper that I am writing on folklore in medieval Britain, Ireland, and Scotland, I'm writing a bit about a lad named..."Iain" that I made up to fit the story....
    hmmmmmmmm....and I had never seen the name spelled like that until I did some research...and THEN I visited your blog and found the name here.)
    ;^)
    P.S. Word Verification:
    "dizedi"
    Yep. That's how I'm feelin'.
    ;^)

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  4. I had no idea you could grow potatoes in bags! Surely must save ones back?

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