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sean

Forget Gold, Buy Potatoes

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

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

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

Benefit cuts, rising food prices........
gardening-girl

So, I need to plant more spuds in the poly-tunnel now.
sarahp1

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

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

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


Interesting, how?
NorthernMonkeyGirl

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

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

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

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


Interesting, how?

The factors that led to The Arab Spring............
sarahp1

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

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 Rolling Eyes Ty Gwyn

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

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

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

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

Interesting, how?

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

Better start stockpiling the couscous then.
Bebo

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 Rolling Eyes

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.
leggy

Butter beans make a Good spud subsitute. Chickem

Our Main supplier of potatoes for the farm ( might be the same one as Sean) said that the King Edwards First planting totally failed and the second rotted in the ground Sad
We grow a few acres of Charlottes and Maris peers, our harvest this year is just over 50% of the normal harvest as we have been unable to get the machine on the field with all the mud.
And in the 4 1/2 years I have worked there I have never seen such a poor carrot germination we're usually picking 'till febuary/March we'll be lucky to be picking them at New year.
On the whole it has been a really difficult year for Vegtable Farmers.
It has been difficult to get seeds to germinate, the fertilizer etc got rained off before it did any good and what has grown is really difficult and time consuming to harvest due to the mud.
Prices are going to rocket Twisted Evil
Rob R

Not just vegetable farmers - we've had to house the cows & calves two months earlier than usual because of the floods. My advice for anyone who eats is to enjoy Christmas, because 2013 is going to be pretty lean, although there probably will be a lot of meat around as everyone culls off stock. gil

I was surprised to hear that one of my farming friends up here, who grows a substantial acreage of tatties, says it's been a good year Shocked

I'm going there to buy a sackful before he sells out.

Looking at what's for sale in general, the Scottish spuds are quite scabby this year.
AnnaD

When I was in Perthshire a couple of months ago, I noticed that pretty much every potato field we passed was dead from blight. That's a lot of potatoes gone to waste. It was quite depressing to see. Pilsbury

Some have had a good year. Most will have good drainage and a significant gap between them and the next tattie farm and try will make a fortune as the price rockets but most have lost almost all and the price wi rocket and probably not come down for a few years even if there are good harvests as some will go out of business, grow less acarage or just try and recoup some of this years loss. gardening-girl

Spuds here are around 9/11.50 a bag Shocked Shocked More than double last years prices. gai

We were struck by blight in July. We spent a day digging up everything (British Queens, Arran Victory, Rooster, Golden Wonder & Kerrs Pinks), left them on the surface of the soil to dry off and stored them wrapped in many layers of newspaper in large plastic boxes in a cool, dark shed. We didn't really expect them to keep but we're still using them. Every day I take some for the dinner and have a quick pick through the others to discard any which look like they're going to go off. Haven't had to discard too many either. Most of what we gathered were small but everything has been very tasty so far. Blight was a huge problem here but I'll not be frightened of it again. sean

Wilja are all gone. I've bought a small bag of the Braunton grower's Maris Piper to see what they're like for home use. They were useless for work though, we're buying in spuds from Lincolnshire. Treacodactyl

I notice quite a few are now from Scotland and I did manage to avoid buying a bag of spuds from ..... France! pale sean

These are not looking like my finest roast spuds. I'm going to have to have a chat with the greengrocers. Sad Sad sean

Hmmph. The farm that our spuds usually come from can't get on to his fields to plant for this year's crop. We're allllll doooooomed. Rob R

And so it begins.. Ty Gwyn

They`ll be OK in Pembrokeshire,a few years back i sold some weaners to a couple on the coast,it was sleeting here ,and the land sodden,their Son was planting earlies,different worlds. Rob R

It'd be interesting to know if he's planting earlies now. I expect a lot more spuds will be coming in from France & Spain this year.
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