Plant spuds for firm, fresh flavour

Geraldton Guardian - - News - Stan Ma­ley

Have you tried grow­ing your own pota­toes in the vegie patch?

The re­wards are great, fresh firm pota­toes, ready to bake, chip, fry, boil or mash.

Noth­ing seems to re­place the taste of home­grown prod­uct.

In the Fitzger­ald Street com­mu­nity gar­den bed, the ground was well pre­pared with mulch and or­ganic ma­te­rial worked in over the past five years. Now this soil is rich and fri­able. The pota­toes were planted in rows in chan­nels about 15cm deep, 30cm apart, with eyes up and the soil raked back in. Make the rows about 45cm apart. Blood and bone was added to the chan­nels be­fore plant­ing.

It takes a while for them to push through, so make sure the ground is kept moist.

Al­ways use cer­ti­fied dis­ease-free tu­bers to pre­vent fun­gus, rot or other dis­eases en­ter­ing your gar­den beds.

Once they were all up and pow­er­ing away, straw was added and heaped up around each plant.

Blood and bone or Sea­sol fer­tiliser can be added to the straw and the pota­toes feed off it and spuds will form in it.

There is still time to plant in the vegie patch — pota­toes are OK along with most root crops, car­rots, turnips, parsnips or sil­ver beet and broc­coli.

Check the Gar­den­ing Aus­tralia site rec­om­men­da­tions for your area. One thing to re­mem­ber is later plant­ing may suf­fer pest at­tacks when the spring bursts forth with moths and cater­pil­lars.

We have planted some peanuts and they have come through, al­though they may be a bit late.

Break­ing news for lovers of our amaz­ing wild­flow­ers: Friends of Geraldton Gar­dens and the City of Greater Geraldton are or­gan­is­ing bus tours dur­ing the Good­ness fes­ti­val in Au­gust. The City has con­structed art pieces that are be­ing placed in Gree­nough, Walk­a­way, Mullewa and Pin­dar to cel­e­brate the di­ver­sity of our re­gion.

Two tours are sched­uled for Au­gust 10 and 24.

Two more tours sched­uled for Au­gust 14 and 21 are shorter tours to Gree­nough and around Geraldton.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found at the City, the vis­i­tor cen­tre and Pol­li­na­tors.

Book­ings can be made through Pol­li­na­tors.

Pic­ture: Stan Ma­ley

Pota­toes be­fore straw is added.

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