Posted: 01/05/2015 at 20:28
I'm happy to be wrong but couldn't 1st/2nd earlies be planted up to July/August providing the spuds are ok. Spuds kept for a while do start to shrivel up and go past their best, however for a Christmas crop spuds are planted in July/August in bags and the foilage dies back following the first frost, well before Christmas, but they usually keep if left in the compost.
In theory 1st/2nd earlies planted 12 weeks before the first frost should produce a crop. I ate the last of the earlies in December, cropped in July/August last yr.
You aren't wasting your time jo45, go ahead and plant.
Zoomers thinking she might go and get more 1st earlies to plant for a late crop. What are other posters views.