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Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 11:59

Cold wind and it keeps trying to snow a little, lots to do in the garden, but this weather sets off my sciatica, so it's going to have to warm up a bit first.

Potato confusion

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 14:10

I've never had a problem with blight in first earlies, they have been harvested before the problem occurs, and rarely with second earlies, except for 'Kestrel' which I leave in for about 20 weeks if possible, it then produces some lovely baking spuds.

This year I'm planting

Sharpes Express, First early a waxy salad type

Charlotte, a Second early, again waxy, you can pick a few bigger ones as earlies and leave the others to grow on.

Kestrel, Second early, good for storing.

Juliette, Early main, waxy salad type, I had to pick these early last year because of blight.

King Edward, Early main, good for storing, excellent for roasting, mashing and chips.

If you don't have a lot of space, avoid early main and main crop,these take up a lot of room and can be bought easily enough from shops and supermarkets, farmers seem to grow for quantity rather than taste in the new(early) market so this is where the home producer can do well.


Potato confusion

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 08:21

I've always tried to buy by number and not weight,only last year I was struggling to find a variety and ordered by weight and ended up with twice a many as I wanted.

20 each of five varieties weighed 6 kilos, that may also include the box they came in.

Can't really comment on 'Orla' I did grow it once,years ago, never since so I must have either not liked the taste or been dissappointed with the crop size. My favourite first early is 'Sharpes Express'



Posted: 06/03/2013 at 16:45

Research potatoes here,

potato varieities production or vareity

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 09:14

For 'Sharpes' I usually leave 3 chits and rub any others off, good choice a very tasty potato.

Best tasting early peas

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 19:30

We have grown 'canoe' for the last 5 years, I guess it's down to personal choice about what anyone likes, two years ago they were not available,but are back again now.

potato varieities production or vareity

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 16:45

That story reminds me of a post on the old BBC site, methinks jon cob maybe related to ' Grid Gardener' or other nom de plume.

Plum Trees - Czar

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 11:24

I've done ours like this for the last ten years without any problem,on top of which Joe Maiden was on the Radio last week telling people to do the same.

Plum Trees - Czar

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 23:05

Cut back side shoots to half their length, remove anything growing inwards and any crossing branches or shoots, then any height above which you can easily  reach to pick fruit from.

Latest thinking is that there is no need to treat any cut ends anymore.

When the fruit appears next year you can cut back any growth  2 to 3 leaves after the the last fruit.


Posted: 23/09/2012 at 13:01

I grow every year:-

First early   ' Sharpes Express'  

Second early 'Charlotte' and 'Kestrel'(can also be left as a maincrop and makes good Jackets)

Early Main 'Juliette'

Maincrop 'King Edward' (multi purpose but makes good roast and chips)

And then always try one or two other first earlies,but have not found any to beat Sharpes for flavour.

It could be said that everyone likes something to their own taste,this selection it to our taste, and that certain soil types grow certain varieties better than others.

As stated above try find just a few of a few varieties and see what suits you best.

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