In addition to harvesting the last savoy, the earliest potatoes of the Solist variety have finally been laid today. A little later than usual (only now is there a prospect that the soil maintains an average temperature of at least 8 °), but this is not so uncommon. The unusual thing, on the other hand, is HOW they have been laid - for me at least.
A few years ago, a number of members of Practical Ecology tried to put the potatoes in wool, which for the most part resulted in higher yields than usual. I never got on the bandwagon, mostly because I did not have much wool in my immediate network - but I have it now.
Therefore, the very carefully planned experiment consists of the soloists being placed differently in the 3 rows of the bed. In one row, there is just a little chicken manure sprinkled in the gutter as I usually do. In the next row there is both chicken manure and wool, and in the last row the tuber is simply laid on top of a wool tot without manure. Then the emergence, the growth of the top, as well as the health and yield from the 3 rows must be compared. This means, among other things, that I must both remember to weigh and pick from the 3 rows at the same time so there is no difference in how long they have had to grow - and this is the biggest potential source of error in the experiment?
Written by Peter Norris, on 6.4.2018