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Seed potatoes


by Pippa Greenwood

The first of the snowdrops are up, my daffodils are romping away - I can almost believe that spring will actually arrive. But it's the seed potatoes that are really firing me up.


Planting seed potatoes in a trenchThe first of the snowdrops are up, my daffodils are romping away - I can almost believe that spring will actually arrive. But it's the seed potatoes that are really firing me up.

I can't resist buying seed potatoes, and have bought three batches already. Top of my list was my favourite variety, 'Charlotte', is one of the best-tasting, most delightfully textured potatoes available.  I simply can't do without it.

Then, out of sheer curiosity I purchased a couple of packets of seed potatoes from my local 99p shop. It doesn't do to be snooty, after all. They are tiny, but seem healthy enough. It will be fascinating to see how abundantly they crop.

Finally, I found a garden centre selling Scottish, certified seed potatoes loose, by the kilogram. Heaven! So, of course, I left the garden centre laden with bags. I wish more garden centres would sell them like this. I bought just the right amount to fit the rows on my plot, and chose just the best-looking tubers.

The weather is still cold, so I will drape my trays of seed potatoes with mesh and fleece to minimise the risk of frost damage. But I daresay I'll buy more in the coming weeks - it's a kind of addiction with me...



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Gardeners' World Web User 10/02/2010 at 21:11

Pleased to hear it! We had more snow today in Sheffield and whilst I see the green shoots ... its cold and I'm not thinking of getting going quite yet Pippa. I've got some 'Rocket' in the garage biding their time and I looked for the potatoes Monty recommended recently but they were Sooooo expensive. Is it too early to start sowing parsnips?

Gardeners' World Web User 11/02/2010 at 06:38

I bought 40 desiree for £3-00 and they are chitting great. they are a lovely spud. big and good for chips mash the lot.

Gardeners' World Web User 11/02/2010 at 14:14

Hi my spuds get eaten every year. I think it may be slugs. They have been inedable for the last 2 seasons. I tried some reds I found growing sprouts in some I bought from Tesco last year and planted them. These were a 90 per cent success hardly any damage. Can anyone tell me why, and do you think its slug damage. I even grew Kestral which are ment to be slug resistant but mine wern't. Ive bought Kestral, golden wonder, sarpo, pentlon javelin and rocket this year have I done right. Please can anyone advise me on what Im doing wrong. I rotate and dig over the area where Im planting them several times in the winter in the hope of destroying whatever eating my spuds. I keep trying to get a decent crop but I will give up if this year it happens again and buy from the supermarket.

Gardeners' World Web User 11/02/2010 at 18:54

I'm glad to see that I'm in good company with buying potatoes from the 99p store. I bought 2 varieties this week - King Edward and Home Guard. They look very healthy and will supplement the seed potatoes I bought mail order.

Gardeners' World Web User 11/02/2010 at 20:30

Live in the south of ireland ,could anyone recommend a good variety of early potatoes.Thanks

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