The Final Potato Diaries 2020: mid-August to October

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This is all the potatoes there were in the first green bag. A disappointing harvest but not perhaps unexpected as these were in the shady part of the patio and first to be hit by cold winds and wet weather. I didn’t weigh the first crop, but the second weighs just 160 grammes. But it’s enough to add to a stir-fry for tea.

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The Potato Diaries: May to mid-August

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May

When I posted the previous Potato Diary on 4th May, I had just moved the potato bags from the greenhouse to the patio. Since then, we’ve had freezing temperatures, when I had to wrap them in bubble-wrap.

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I squeezed as much compost into the bags as I dared. Continue reading “The Potato Diaries: May to mid-August”

The Potato Diaries: 2020 – January to May

24th January

Seed potatoes are already appearing in garden centres now the Christmas decorations have finally been removed.

With my new allotment bed now available for the coming year, I have decided to plant early potatoes – Swift for preference – in containers at home, and main-crop potatoes – Desiree once more – at the allotment, where I have room for sixteen plants using the Square Foot gardening technique. I don’t think I’ll bother with second earlies this year.

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Swift are on the left and Desiree on the right.  I ‘rescued’ this polystyrene tray from the packaging on the top of my new washing machine and thought it would be ideal for chitting the potatoes.  Continue reading “The Potato Diaries: 2020 – January to May”