The other side of the greenhouse is currently housing seed potatoes chitting in egg boxes. Our daughter bought me some at the Hampshire Potato Day as a birthday present (mine, not the Blog's) and the order from JBA has arrived. This year we have a small
number of several that are new to us, to try them out before committing a whole lot of space to something we haven't tasted. Our old favourites though will give us the bulk of the crop.
I spent ages calculating how many of each we actually have space
for, and this is the plan:
First Earlies (Plot 146 in the old parsnip bed): Charlotte (4) Carlingford (4) Yukon Gold (4) Lady Christl (22)
Second Earlies (Plot 145, in a bed that is not yet dug out) Jazzy (5) Kestrel (25) Maris Peer (20)
Main crops (Plot 145 in the crossways bed where there were onions last year) Mayan Gold (4) Inca Bella (4) Pink Gypsy(4) Ambo (12) Maxine (8) Kondor (12)
I'll certainly need to label the rows well, with labels that don't get buried as the plants
are earthed up, or fade so they can't be read by harvest time.
I'll grow a few single tubers in bags too. Small bags, as apparently this works better than say three tubers in a large bag. I do remember growing potatoes in buckets with the children years
back, and getting a good return, so there might be some sense in this. Be nice to have some very early new potatoes, so I'll get at least one Charlotte in tomorrow.