Potato Plans

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Preparation
The potatoes are chitting away nicely and while¬†they develop knobbly, vivid shoots I’m frantically clearing and digging what will be their enormous bed to grow in. The bed is about 6m x 3.5m which is at least four times the size of what I grew my spuds in last year. The lack of space was probably the reason my Maris Pipers weren’t very big, but the Charlottes were brilliant and so¬†delicious that I’m definitely growing these again.

The weather has been quite pleasant for the last few weeks so I’ve focused my time on preparing the brand new¬†area for the potatoes that was preciously overcrowded¬†¬†with¬†shrubs, small trees, plum tree suckers and raspberry canes. I’ve moved the raspberry canes, removed the suckers and donated the hazel and willow trees to a neighbour. Those tree stumps were hard work! After a long week of forking and digging it’s all removed and my poor back can have a little rest until the weekend. I just picked up some multi purpose compost to mix into the beds as well as some potato fertiliser that I’ll gently fork through in the next few days.

I keep checking on the seed potato chits and they look as though they are eager¬†to be¬†in the ground. You can even see the start of the leaf buds if you look closely! I do love to look at things through the macro lens of my camera. It opens up a new way of seeing that you wouldn’t usually notice. I mean what normal person would look at an ugly potato chit as close as possible? Sure, they’re pretty gross and strange looking but there’s a lot of beauty and mystery in those knobbly worlds.

Varieties 
This year like my chillies, I’ve gone a little crazy and bought quite a few varieties. My excuse being that the bags of seed potatoes were on offer for 3 for 2 or something like that from a local-isn garden centre Bardills in mid-February. I probably (definitely?) won’t have enough room for them all, but I was dying to try something new.

I picked up the following:

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Charlottes, 2015

Rocket РFirst Earlies
Charlotte – Second Earlies
Cara – Main Crop

Also a small amount of:
Anya
Kestrel

I was intrigued by the Anya for its ‘nutty’ flavour – they sure don’t look pretty but I think it’s worth trying something thats not often in the shops and tastes great. I chose Kestrel purely because a lot of allotmenters speak highly of growing them. These I will try in pots ¬†(these¬†40ltr ones from B&Q) as I won’t have room in the ground!

Traditionally potatoes are planted on Good Friday which happens to be this coming Friday. Since Easter falls very early this year, ¬†I don’t feel too rushed to get the potatoes in the ground. I’ll probably plant in the first few weeks of April, once it warms up a little more as I don’t want to risk loosing them to frost damage.

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Preciously. July 2015
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How it looks now. Just keep digging…

5 thoughts on “Potato Plans

  1. I’m also doing charlottes. I gave up trying to think of a main crop and decided that salad potatoes are really all we eat anyway!

    Also… Your chittings are a lot more vibrantly purple than mine. >.> Mine are very dull. Do they need more light?

    Good luck… Hope your back holds out!

    BTW… Anya works really well in potato salads. Just sayin’ B-)

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