Tuesday, 18 May 2010

frost damage on potatoes

Our allotment is south facing, but the slope we are on creates a problem. Frost is icy cold air - and its freezing fingers find their way down the slope touching new growth as it goes by.

Here we see the telltale signs of the effects of frost on potato leaves.

Not life threatening, but enough to retard the growth of the new shoots that will eventually pump starch into the tubers down below.

The answer is to cover the potatoes. We have been able to do this with our early potatoes but we have too many second early and maincrop to cover.

I am hoping that the last of the late frosts is soon.

Post a Comment