Saturday, 19 September 2009
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.