I love Peter Cundall, perhaps almost as much as he loves Kale.
I frequently quote his suggestions - "well Peter Cundall says this....., Peter would do it this way, hmmm that's not what Peter would do"
boring all those around me.
C'mon guys. The man knows his stuff!
Who can resist that warm voice,
his genuine smile,
his environmental ethics,
his health tips,
those decades of gardening know how,
his infectious enthusiasm,
how I miss him on Gardening Australia!
Fortunately Suburban Tomato has done a wonderful job of it for me - looks like a more professional potato patch too.
I planted my potatoes while the sun shone last week. I found it hard to get the straw and manure to the prescribed height of 50cm straw. At $12 a bale they will be expensive potatoes! Two bags of sheep manure on mine and it barely made an impact - need to get some more. Like Suburban Tomato I couldn’t leave the grass, mostly invasive couch, it felt wrong! The grass surrounding the bed is actually native wallaby grass so my partner wouldn't let me come any further out. It is pretty special to have a big patch of wallaby grass, the heads look pretty in seed come summer. I gave the ground a fair hack with a mattock too - it's heavy clay, the mattock bounced on a tree root and hit my knee. Ouch, that will teach me for not following Pete's advice. Actually the whole technique felt a bit weird, but Peter has never failed me before. I’ve had poor results with the potato in the bag technique – the soil on my first try was too dry (ok small potatoes) and then the following too wet (rotting poatoes).
I planted kipflers, dutch creams (donated to me by my lovely neighbour), purple congos, pontiacs and King Edwards. All chitted or found resprouting in old patches. Cross my fingers this technique works. Should have a great garden bed post potato harvest in any case.
Just checked out you tube and he can explain it better that I can, wish he'd mentioned the newspaper in the magazine.
And that, my friends, is your bloomin lot!