Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Comfrey potatoes.

Slack bugger am I. Been busy getting fat off the land.
Been harvesting heaps of cauliflower and broccoli as well as carrots and potatoes.

And speaking of potatoes do you remember the spuds I planted with comfrey placed in the bottom of the row? (You can catch up here if you like)







Ta da. Three potato plants worth. There was more growing left in the plants but the frost ended all the green bits above the ground that are necessary for further growth. These are the best sized potatoes I've ever grown for myself here at my veggie garden though.

Am I going to call adding comfrey to the potato rows a success? Hard to tell really though it appears there was no detrimental effects. I'll definitely be doing it again with this season's crop though.
They had a good growing season but I also used aged stable manure mixed with garden soil for hilling and then there was the run-away chook that kept scratching all the hilling away and then finaly there was a week of frosts that finished them off for good so all things considered I'm more happy with the results compared to previous crops I've grown here.
Cheers

Stewart.

11 comments:

Jason Dingley said...

Some good staple veges there. I grew up on those. I reckon garden experiments are always a bit tricky to measure. So many variables as we don't garden in controlled labs. The way I look at it is if it feels like a success then it was.

Stewart said...

Ok Jason, then using your criteria, I'm going to call it a success!
Cheers.

Missy said...

I was wondering how you went with the comfrey. Looks like it was successful. Might try it next time as well. I'll let you know how it goes.

Rolley said...

bloody good stuff!! that's awesome. I haven't grown spuds here at all without them rotting in the ground : ) I might try again one day (or just stick to sweet potatoes haha) : D

Stewart said...

Hey Rolley, comphrey should help by strengthening the cell walls. Worth a go at least and if you try them I'd start yesterday if I was you. If you get a lot of rain and you're worried they might rot then dig them up and you should heve heaps af little chat tatties.

Yes Missy I'd like to know what you think!

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