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bodger

Plant taters, its the only way.

I watched a Panorama programme the other night which looked at the rising food prices in the UK and the stagnation of the countries wages. One thing that the programme did, was to go shopping for food with a 'Mrs Average' This  item very adeptly drew attention to what a massive price hike in food products such as rice, pasta and bread there's been. All staple parts of the UK's diet.

Its obvious that we can't do anything about the prices of foods that come from outside the UK, so now, IMO its time for us to fall back on good old Mr Reliable, the humble potato. I think that the spud is just waiting in the wings ready to fill the breach. I will certaily be planting a few more spuds this year.
Mashed potatoe and Madras curry, potato bolognese? Not  quite the same ring as the original, but they'll do for me Tommy    and I'll be giving them a try this year.
Its amazing how much food a few potatoe plants can produce, whose with me?.
lottie

One of the wartime recipe books will give lots of ideas for using potato and very cheaply. Potatoes in basics like bread,pastry,biscuits,to help cut the flour content and lets not forget gnocchi and polish dumplings etc. Even if you grow your own though you tend to run out of potatoes just when they are dearest in the shops.
Jonty

We grow ours in pots with quite good success here bodger, in fact I've a 45 gallon drum to cut in half this weekend to make a couple more potato pots.

Last year we entered into a rather short lived 'allotment venture' with a neighbour.  I'd rotovated the whole plot and planted 30 metres of spuds before his wife started getting arsey and we bailed out.  It was really frustrating when a month or  two later they put a pig on the plot and the whole lot went overnight.
milton

The rise in Bread and Pasta products is largely down to a global rise in the cost of Wheat, with milling Wheat being at a premium after poor harvests - like many other things, it's a commodity that is traded largely on the futures market, so we all feel the effects.

You're right about the humble spud though, I've got my first ones chitted ready for planting next weekend - 1st spring in the house so we don't know what works well and doesn't in the garden.

We don't eat that many, but a new potato boiled in the skin and served with butter is irresistable  
bodger

We've got a good half bag of our own to chit too. In the last few days, I've been having a look at the price of seed potatoes and they vary considerably. Our local Wynnstay are selling 25kg bags of single variety spuds ( they have about half a dozen options) at twenty five quid a bag. The local gardening centres have a wide variety on offer, in much smaller lots but way more expensively.
lottie

We're putting the potatoes in on the patch the pigs were last year so I'm hoping for a decent crop, thinking about putting some in tubs in the polytunnel in late summer to get new potatoes for Christmas when they are expensive--I've grown in tubs under glass for an early crop before but not tried planting late summer for winter before. Anybody had any success with that?
bodger

On a similar theme lottie. I haven't got the polythene on my polytunnel yet but I wonder what the result would be if I was to plant spuds in it after the tomatoes etc have all finished at the end of the summer?
MikeM

lottie wrote:
We're putting the potatoes in on the patch the pigs were last year so I'm hoping for a decent crop, thinking about putting some in tubs in the polytunnel in late summer to get new potatoes for Christmas when they are expensive--I've grown in tubs under glass for an early crop before but not tried planting late summer for winter before. Anybody had any success with that?


I did that a few years back (had a spare bit of land on the allotment and thought why not). Wasn't a great crop; the plants put on a fair bit of foliage, but the tubers were very small. Lots of them, but small. I didn't have a greenhouse at the time tho, this year I do, so I will try them in big pots in there.
Jonty

bodger wrote:
On a similar theme lottie. I haven't got the polythene on my polytunnel yet


You should ask woodsmoke to help you with that, he's an expert    

His must have lasted, ooh, days, maybe even a week.

Go on stu, where's the pictures..........
lottie

bodger wrote:
On a similar theme lottie. I haven't got the polythene on my polytunnel yet but I wonder what the result would be if I was to plant spuds in it after the tomatoes etc have all finished at the end of the summer?

Would they be o.k. following into ground that had had tomatoes 'cos of the blight problem? or would it be okay in winter? I think if I put some in the soil I'll try putting them in a patch that didn't have toms---the only way I'll find out is to do it---that is if we ever get the tunnel finished--pouring down today.
lottie

www.suppliesforsmallholders.co.uk are selling the 25kg sacks of seed potatoes off,even with the parcelforce I think they are slightly cheaper than Wynstay and perhaps have a few more varieties.
dtalbot

bodger wrote:
On a similar theme lottie. I haven't got the polythene on my polytunnel yet but I wonder what the result would be if I was to plant spuds in it after the tomatoes etc have all finished at the end of the summer?


Spuds do grow out of season, when I remember I tend to plant a container full late Aug/ early Sept and most years (when the chucks don't get to the plants!) it means new potatoes for Christmas dinner.

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