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I've had some cracking crops this year. Some are tried and tested varieties that I know are good and reliable, while some vegetable varieties are completely new to me.I've grown quite a few potatoes, my favourite variety, ‘Charlotte’, has performed
I was pleased with this year's Christmas harvest – much of our Christmas dinner was allotment produce. King Edward potatoes from the garage were roasted, Charlotte new potatoes from store were steamed. Greens took the form of braised leeks and
easy to grow as you can plant them up, give them basic care and you're pretty much guaranteed a good result:Potatoes; 'Charlotte', 'Sarpo Mira', 'Pink Fir Apple'Courgettes; 'Gold Rush F1', 'Gemmer F1'Pumpkins; 'Jack be Little', 'Rouge Vif d
of new potatoes through the season. I can't remember all the varieties off the top of my head but the list includes: Annabelle, Charlotte, Picasso, Golden Wonder and Red Duke of York. Impressive hey?! We're also growing a long keeper to store over winter
that as back up. Remember what April was like?I've been madly busy hoiking out all the early potatoes, which definitely have more than a touch of blight, which as Pippa has spotted is already rife this year. Once it's on someone else's plot, there's no stopping
I'm delighted to tell you that my main crop potatoes look absolutely fine and dandy. The tops were completely dead from blight - they were as lush and lovely as anything a fortnight ago - but I've got the spuds out before they were affected. Hooray
for the time being but he does really love rocket so I might be able to slip in a couple more salads this week, especially if accompanied by a really nice steak and some fried potatoes.
to show have been the pumpkins sown in pots on the windowsill, swiftly followed by the brassicas.And even the early potatoes are showing a few leaves above the soil, which means my next job is a good session of earthing up.
beans and courgettes, which produce inedible, gargantuan produce at the earliest opportunity.I must grow more vegetables that are suitable for storing. Potatoes, butternut squashes, onions and shallots are great storers. They're no trouble to grow
and potato soup. The green tops add so much flavour to soup and stock and it saves wasting them. My soup tasted much better than the carton of ready-made I bought the week before.The leeks have fared better than my catastrophic purple-sprouting broccoli