[permaculture] The Potato,
steveread at free.fr
Tue Jun 17 15:42:38 EDT 2008
That'd be lovely, we got very drained very sandy soil. Its true that stopping up-splash is very important as spores penetrate the undersides of leaves, hence spraying Bordeaux there not on the tops, mulch good for this, also true that healthier plants get infected later so lots compost added + some salt to reduce nibbling of tubers. Happy to try most things so got a Robert Hart potato heap going and as mentioned planting late.
On a similar note the older Bretons around here often recall how there was no Colorado beetle here before WW2, during they were taken from school into the fields to help catch them and clean the crops which were being ravaged, in the fields they found jars that had contained beetles or their larvae and had been dropped from Allied aircraft. Maybe just folklore who knows?
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