Potato peelings for currants: truth or myth?
CURRANT FERTILIZATION WITH POTATO PEELS
The Internet is full of tips to collect potato peelings, dry them, and then drop them under the currant bushes, which loves starch, during the season.
Allegedly, as a result, the berries will be large, like cherries, and sweet, like sugar. But is it?
I propose to understand the issue based on the school course in biology and chemistry.
First, let's remember how plants feed. The roots absorb (due to root hairs) minerals dissolved in water. No organic matter! Only the periodic table! In a soil rich in organic matter, chemical elements are in a form that is easily assimilated by plants. That is, the plant can take carbon, oxygen and hydrogen from the substrate, but not starch!
Will the berries be sweet?
Potato peelings alone do not affect the sweetness of the berries. Slad
which makes them glucose, which is formed during photosynthesis in the green parts of the plant. To make the fruits sweet, after flowering, I feed the currants once or twice (with an interval of 2-3 weeks) on the leaves with a solution of micronutrient fertilizers with magnesium and potassium.
In addition, berries from bushes that grow in the sun are traditionally sweeter and tastier than crops grown in the shade.
If the variety is small-fruited, then you will not get large berries, like cherries, on such bushes, no matter how much fertilizer is applied. Yes, with good care, the berries will be larger, but only slightly. Therefore, there is only one advice: choose large-fruited currants. Even if you do not care for such bushes, the berries will still be large, but, however, there will be few of them.
Potato peelings - in business
Do not add potato peelings under the currants. After all, this can attract not only wireworms and Colorado beetles to the site, but also mice. True, we do not throw this waste away, but send it to compost. In a year we get high-quality organic matter, which we apply under the plants.
© Author: Olga BABCHUK, Moscow region.
See also: Currant dressing
WORD TO THE SPECIALIST
The direct application of potato peelings for currants really attracts mice and Colorado beetles to the garden plot, and does not affect the quality and quantity of the crop this year. Cleaning under the bushes should mix with the soil, and only after 2-3 years the effect will be ... minimal. Therefore, it is better to compost them.
As for the fact that plants of large-fruited varieties, even without leaving, give large berries, this is not true. Any such bush without sufficient attention from the owner within 4-5 years will not only lose in the amount of harvest, but also in quality (the fruits will begin to shrink).
© Author: Valery MATVEEV, Doctor of Science
FEEDING CURRANT WITH POTATO CLEANERS - GARDENER'S REVIEWS
FEEDING CURRANT CLEANERS - MY EXPERIENCE
If any agricultural technique does not give the desired results, this does not at all indicate its unsuitability. Perhaps you just didn't have enough patience.
From my many years of experience, I can say with confidence: feeding black currants with potato peelings works. But I will add that the beneficial result does not appear immediately. If you have collected a decent amount of such organic matter over the winter, carefully dried it, and in the spring lovingly dug under your precious bushes (and did it for the first time in your life!), Do not expect that in the same year you will receive plum-sized berries. Ask: what about the next one? Wait, let’s better, I’ll tell you everything in order and describe it by my own example. And you read and think.
So. Unloading not only dry, but also fresh cleanings under my bushes during the entire summer season, I myself was somewhat disappointed with the result. Moreover, not only in the first year, but also in the second year: the berries were still medium in size, and the yield of the bushes was not impressive (at least, it was not such that one could enthusiastically share their achievements with neighbors). Nevertheless, I constantly and conscientiously continued to drop the cleaning. Moreover, often they even mulched the bushes. Are you surprised? Do you think the plot began to look sloppy after that? Not at all. This organic matter does not strike the eye at all, but decays very quickly.
And in the third year, with great surprise, I saw on our very old currant berries of incredibly large sizes, unusually sweet in taste! Under their weight, the branches almost fell to the ground.
I could not even imagine that my bushes are capable of such a thing! And after all, what is most interesting and instructive: the most selective fruits were just on those plants that got the most of the described "delicacies". Why, ask? Feeding unevenly? It didn't depend on me. I just entrusted the business to my husband: on the way to work, he brought another bag of cleanings to the dacha throughout the summer and, hurrying about his business and without further ado, unloaded them under the first bushes that came to hand ...
Such splendor did not pass unnoticed by dear neighbors in the country. And if earlier many of them were rather skeptical about my hobby for collecting kitchen waste, now all as one have taken this simple method of feeding into service. And now we all have a yield of black currant several times higher than in previous years, and the berries are much sweeter. And this despite the fact that no one rejuvenated their plots with new bushes.
What is the secret of cleaning? Probably high in starch, which, as everyone knows, black currant is very respected. But I'll make a reservation right away - as they say, I explain it especially for the lazy. If you are going to buy ordinary starch in supermarkets and start feeding it, do not count on success. For some reason, the currants do not like this approach. Apparently, this starch is "of the wrong system." And to cook it with your own hands for such good purposes is both troublesome and laborious. So it turns out that you can't think of anything better than cleaning. And even if they really have such a "cumulative" effect, or something, but if you have patience and continue to feed the bushes with them, in the end you simply will not recognize your currants.
Of course, do not forget the other rules for caring for berries: pest control, preventive treatment for diseases and mandatory anti-aging pruning.
Without her, no one can revive the old bushes with any cleaning. Ideally, currants can and should not only be rejuvenated, but also multiplied according to all the rules, if any particular variety is dear to you.
It is no coincidence that I wrote above about the "cumulative" effect of cleanings. Once it happened that one year, because of my illness, my husband and I launched this simple business, but the grateful currant still continued to delight me with the abundance and size of sweet berries. So I can say with confidence: friends, stock up not only with potato waste, but also with hard work and good mood! And then your "black lady" will certainly thank you, although not immediately. And after waiting for this, you will fully understand that efforts from a pure heart will always be justified a hundredfold.
So, one more moment remains to be illuminated. Where to dry cleaning? This is not an idle question. Judging by my acquaintances summer residents that not everyone wants an apartment or a country house to turn into a kind of landfill. To be honest, the waste bags near the battery or stove really look "wrong."
I have my own way. It's called "an old wardrobe in the back room." On this cabinet I put in a pile, moving it to the wall, several plastic lattice boxes from under the vegetables and put the cleaning there, which I dry there quietly. And so that these boxes are not striking, I put my daughter's teddy bears and hares in front of them. I note that the waste on the cabinet dries very quickly, there is no smell from them at all, after drying, I collect them in paper bags. And then it’s a matter of technology.
I know that some summer residents dry such waste on kitchen cabinets, but they have a much smaller area compared to wardrobe cabinets. In addition, gardeners now, even at their dachas, strive to decorate interiors in a fashionable way, so that it is "like in the city." Therefore, the design of modern kitchen furniture does not allow to lay out future precious feeding on it. Although, of course, I will not dissemble, and not everyone, without exception, may like my method, but then let each summer resident adapt himself in his own way. If you want an enviable currant - work your head. And I wish all readers of your favorite magazine good health and generous harvests!
© Author: Larisa KORNILOVA Moscow region
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5 Review (s)
Сосед говорит, что сушеные картофельные очистки, если их прикопать под куст смородины, помогают повысить урожай ягод.
И даже мелкий картофель он советует туда отправлять (например, тот, который остался после выкопки). Правда ли это? Поможет ли?
- Of course, potato peelings introduced under the bushes activate the soil microflora, which contributes to more active growth and fruiting. But the same, and even greater effect can be achieved by first composting potato peelings and introducing already well-ripened compost under currant bushes. But I do not advise dropping the tubers: they will definitely germinate and will weaken the currant, taking away moisture and nutrition from it.
Contrary to numerous advice, I do not dry the collected potato peelings, but bring them in fresh. Even in winter, sometimes I put it right under the currants and raspberries. And the harvests are getting better and better every year.
The author of the cleaning collects all winter, and in the spring buries it in the trunk circles. I would like to make the work a little easier for those who will adopt this method. In the spring, during the flowering of currants, you can simply pour jelly from potato starch into the holes around the trunk circles and spill it abundantly with clean water. The result will not be long in coming. My Junnat currant berries grow the size of a cherry. Easy and not troublesome. Try it, friends!
I read how good potato peelings have on currants. I tried it - I liked it. Thank you! And then I decided (the nightshades!) To plant tomatoes next to the currants, and I will tell you: well, just a miracle! No phytophthora, although it was previously found in the tomato row.
I confess that I planted the most frail seedlings near the bushes, the one that can be thrown away without regret, but I could not get enough of the tomatoes, they became so strong and healthy. They delighted us with fruits until late autumn.