puzzling potatoes

June 16, 2010 at 9:00 am 6 comments

Is it any wonder I’ve forgotten which is which with this many spuds to keep track of?   I’m Mrs Organised normally but I was obviously having a dizzy turn the day I planted my second earlies.  Can I find the scrap of card I scribbled the names on?  errr, no.  And I’m trying to remember why I have four mounds when I only had 3 varieties. Hmm, time will tell which emerge as British Queens, Wilja or Mona Lisa as the plants now cloaking said mounds all look the same.

At least my first earlies aren’t muddled up having clearly marked and named each section with an empty vitamin tube.  This photo was taken on 1st May and they’re looking much bushier now.  Vales Emerald was the first variety to flower so we’re waiting in anticipation for the day we can lift our first salad potatoes of the year.

The main crop spuds planted on 1st May included two purple varieties.  Yummy purple mash to look forward to without a drop of beetroot vinegar in sight.
If you don’t already love potatoes here’s 12 reasons why you might want to eat more of them.

nutrition info from The Potato Council’s Spuds Rule OK guide.   Additional resources for teachers and free growing kits for schools available here

Entry filed under: allotment tales.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bilbo  |  June 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    That all looks very smart, even if the names are unclear.

    Some of mine are in flower (they started in the greenhouse) so it won’t be long before they’re in a bowl smothered with butter!

  • 2. Choclette  |  June 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Nic, your potatoes are growing well, in flower and like you we’re looking forward to unearthing some of them soon. Potatoes are just such fun. May you get plenty of purple mashed potato!

  • 3. Nip it in the bud  |  June 21, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Bilbo – lashings and lashings of butter. Yummy

    Choc – I’m so excited about your Peruvian Purples. I foresee trying all sorts of recipes with spuds snuck into them 😮

  • 4. miss m  |  June 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Don’t already love potatoes ? Who you kiddin’. I’m part Irish !
    As for losing the labels, every proper gardener does. 😉
    The May crop looks happy and healthy.
    Great pics and info !

    • 5. Nip it in the bud  |  June 25, 2010 at 1:21 pm

      yay, a proper gardener at last! I’ve got parsley growing in the yard so I’ll be a proper cook soon too!
      G’s part Irish too but and his love of spuds extends to a love of… well all food! I reckon we’ll be lifting our first salad spuds very very soon {typed gleefully}

  • 6. Harvest Early Potatoes! « Gardora.net  |  May 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    […] potatoes may now be ready for harvesting! How planting several varieties can cause confusion: http://j.mp/cEvPGu […]


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