Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:36
Hi, I had 2 raised beds for potatoes this year - new, nothing been grown there before. I planted charlotte and desiree at the same time.
I have to say i did no soil improvement, didnt earth up and didnt water them over the hot dry summer (i am a rubbish gardener i know). Soil is heavy and rocky.
the charlottes came out first, were lovely. Not a big crop but i was very impressed by the smooth unmarked skins.
Desiree came out later and as and when needed. They are enormous, but have nasty skins, scab i think, a lot of slug damage, some have rotted. Big spuds but practically nothing edible really.
I am wondering if the difference between these two, is the length of time in the ground? Or some varieties like my soil better than others?
i intend to get charlotte next year - what would be a better main crop then?