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oldgit1947 | 09:08 Mon 25th Jul 2011 | Home & Garden
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Is it possible to overwater potatoes. I have some earlies in a raised bed and have been watering most days. They seem to have grown at a very rapid rate, have loads of leaves and have only been in about 3 weeks. Am I overdoing the water and should I be feeding them or not. This is the first time I have grown potatoes so not sure of the regime. No signs of any flowers yet.

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Spuds do like plenty of water, as long as they arne`t in mud.
Both our and my brother's potatoes had very few flowers this year. We were worried, but other people have said they have had few flowers but that the potatoes were delicious. We haven't harvested ours yet as they are not ready. You have to wait for the leaves to die down.
So, when the leaves are dead, they are ready?
We got an allotment this year in March. The first thing we put in were potatoes( first earlies 33 of them).
We very very pleased with our first attempt at growing spuds, and have been getting between 2-4 lb per plant, and will lift the final one this week. We have watered every evening apart from when it rains.
The guy on our neighbouring allotment also planted his in early march....
..' The last time he watered his was the day he planted them'... He is getting around 5-7lb per plant ... He maintains that the farmer does'nt water his spuds... so why should he water his ?

So who is right, and who is wrong ?

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