Sunday, 14 February 2010

Could be the year of the potato...............


I usually don't grow a huge amount of potatoes, as when the different types are in season, they are reasonably priced to buy, and they do take up a lot of room in the veg garden. I always grow some First Earlies, though, as there is little in the line of self reliance that comes close to that first taste of summer :)
This year, I have some Pink Fir Apple for a late crop, ready to start chitting now. I've ordered my usual Heritage seed potatoes too - Shetland Black, Edzell Blue and Highland Burgundy. I came home to a message on the answering machine on Friday to say I was the winner of a competition in a local gardening magazine - the prize is a seed potato colelction from Edwin Tucker - funnily enough, the company I ordered my Heritage ones from! LOL No matter, I can find room for them all. I bought a small pack yesterday of a new one to try - another First Early, called Vale's Emerald, which is a cross of Charlotte and Maris Peer.
In addition to these, I'm doing a couple of tattie-themed experiments too. One is a single potato in a bucket - how many lbs of potatoes can I get from just one? The other is to grow some from shop bought potatoes; I've done this before with reasonable results. I acquired a very cheap bag of potatoes the other night when shopping - reduced from 1.38 for a bag to only 19p; the challenge here is to see how many lbs of potatoes I get from that lot for only 19p, some goat manure and a little effort. :)

Watch this potato-shaped space...............

3 comments:

Ruth@VS said...

Looks like you'll be doing a lot of digging! I did some rough digging of my potato plot yesterday, have Pentland Javelin and Cosmos chitting at the moment. Given we have a slug population of plague proportions round here, these are the most reliable and slug-proof. Look forward to hearing how yours do.

Fran said...

Hi, I only ever grow potatoes in pots and I only buy cheap potatoes from supermarket and let them sprout. One of the benefits is no digging required, just tip them out, boil and eat. I reckon on about 4-5 lbs per plant pot (from an original planting of 4 potatoes/pot) Fran

Jacqui said...

Just waiting on my order arriving - orla and maris peer. I have a bit of a storage problem so I only grow earlies and buy from my local veg box people afterwards. My Dad did well with Swift in a couple of pots last year. Its a great time of year all this planning xx