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sean
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 12 3:53 pm    Post subject: Forget Gold, Buy Potatoes  Reply with quote    

Our potato supplier at work reckons that the biggest spud farm round here won't have anything left to sell by Christmas.
And the wholesale price of spuds is heading up at a time of year when it's usually going down.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 12 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Like most foods, the combination of rising costs, poor prices and bad weather can only have one effect on future supply, and therefore prices.

john of wessex



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 12 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Interesting.............

Benefit cuts, rising food prices........

gardening-girl



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 12 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

So, I need to plant more spuds in the poly-tunnel now.

sarahp1



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 12 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've never tried the Autumn planting spuds - never needed to! But going to give it a go this year.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 12 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

john of wessex wrote:
Interesting.............

Benefit cuts, rising food prices........


Interesting, how?

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 12 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

didn't know you could do it!
Won't the frosts just kill them off though?

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 12 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Food is an excellent investment at the moment. Tinned and dried goods that keep - will only go up in value and are more inflation proof than savings.

john of wessex



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 12 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rob R wrote:
john of wessex wrote:
Interesting.............

Benefit cuts, rising food prices........


Interesting, how?


The factors that led to The Arab Spring............

sarahp1



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 12 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

FYI http://www.allotment.org.uk/grow-your-own/vegetables/potatoes/second-crop-autumn-christmas

DawnMK



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 12 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

we have some Autum/Christmas potatoes growing in bags and barrels in the tunnel, put them in the other week they are up to the tops already and looking great, also sowed some carrots and beetroot in the tunnels for a late harvest

Ty Gwyn



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 12 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

john of wessex wrote:
Rob R wrote:
john of wessex wrote:
Interesting.............

Benefit cuts, rising food prices........


Interesting, how?


The factors that led to The Arab Spring............



Do you think Cameron will go that far,as shoot protestors?

Rob R



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Location: York
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 12 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

john of wessex wrote:
Rob R wrote:
john of wessex wrote:
Interesting.............

Benefit cuts, rising food prices........


Interesting, how?


The factors that led to The Arab Spring............


Well, you learn something new every day. I get the impression you have more to say on the subject though...

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 12 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

john of wessex wrote:
Rob R wrote:
john of wessex wrote:
Interesting.............

Benefit cuts, rising food prices........


Interesting, how?


The factors that led to The Arab Spring............


Better start stockpiling the couscous then.

Bebo



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Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 12 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

DawnMK wrote:
we have some Autum/Christmas potatoes growing in bags and barrels in the tunnel, put them in the other week they are up to the tops already and looking great, also sowed some carrots and beetroot in the tunnels for a late harvest


I've had success with carrots and beetroot, but my late potatoes last year all succumbed to late blight. I blame the really hot spell we had last October.

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