The Potato Diaries 2021

7th February

I find myself in the enviable position of still eating 2020’s Pink Fir Apple potatoes (2 bags left) while simultaneously trying to chit and plan for 2021. I ordered 1.5 kg each of Anya (second earlies) and Red Duke of York (first earlies) potatoes on 6th January and they arrived on 4th February. After a few days of quarantine, I got round to unpacking them.

I didn’t quite realise how many potatoes would make up 1.5 kg: I only have room for eight of each in the allotment bed, but I can manage a few pots at home too, along with some more Pink Fir Apples (I’ve saved some of the smaller potatoes to use as seed potatoes. I haven’t bought any first or second earlies this year, so will use those grown in pots as new potatoes, and dig the others as required later in the year.

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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”