Potato Blight ?? Surely it is too early in the year!

Monday I notice the runner beans are starting to appear. On Tuesday I find the wind has broken a piece of new growth on the gooseberry bush. Everything is still dry so gave another good watering. Thursday we have a little rain at last!

potato_blight1On Friday I notice that one row of the early potatoes is lagging well behind the other even though that particular row was the first to appear after they were both planted together.

As you can see from the picture a big difference in growth. Of course I must point out they are two different varieties one row is Swift the other is Epicure. potato_blight

On closer examination the plants in the stunted row have black spots and some yellowing.

So I started surfing the net wondering if it could be blight or if not some other disease. A visit to the Potato Council’s website   and a search through the disease database left me none the wiser to be honest though I still suspected it could be blight. I also checked out various other websites and forums besides and found one or two other people asking about blight but they seemed to end up putting it down to frost burn.

Finally I posed a question along with the picture above on the Allotments 4 All website and was reassured that it was not blight as it was too early in the year.

Other than researching potato blight and diseases over the weekend I did sow a couple of gutters of peas (Kelvedon Wonder from Unwins) and tub of spring onions ( Spring Slim from D T Brown) as well as another tub of Solist beetroot.

For those of you who want early warning on the possibility of blight attacking your potatoes this summer why not sign up to the very useful blight watch run by the Potato Council. For more details visit the blight watch website

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1 Response to Potato Blight ?? Surely it is too early in the year!

  1. Mike says:

    Were those the swift potatoes that were stunted and diseased looking? I had some swifts do the exact same thing this year. I put it down to being water logged shortly after planting, as the area’s not that well draining and had a lot of rain for a few days. But maybe there’s something about the swift variety?

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