The Potato Diaries: 2022 – January

A first look at this year’s seed potatoes from DT Brown, which were due by the end of January but arrived on the 11th. These are Mayan Rose maincrop potatoes; I think they look very pretty, though whether the skins keep their colour when cooked remains to be seen.

image from internet
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Six on Saturday: 20 November 2021

A grey morning, mild but no rain forecast. Apparently that’s all set to change from tomorrow when the wind changes from south to north east. Will we have snow? Are we really going to have a mini-ice-age? I hope not as my husband and I both have our booster jabs next week. He’s on Friday at 3 pm at the vaccination centre just seven miles away; mine’s on Sunday at 4.30 pm at a different one, eleven miles away. Either way, if it does snow here in North Wales, and it sticks, we won’t be going anywhere and will have to re-book.

But we’ll worry about that nearer the time. For now, here is this week’s Six on Saturday.

From soil to stove in forty minutes (includes twenty minutes scrubbing and chopping time). Leek and potato soup on the stove – half for lunch, half to freeze – and the start of Jerusalam artichoke soup for tomorrow’s lunch in the slow cooker – braising slowly in chicken stock.

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The Allotment Diaries: August

Bed 8: 4 August 2021

To the allotment this morning, with a couple of crates to bring the onions home (much better in my opinion than a certain world cup). The brassicas are doing well, though each of the four ‘Golden Acre’ cabbages I planted had grown very tall (supposed to harvest between June and October) and the edges of the outer leaves appeared to have been nibbled – but by what? Too even for slugs and snails, and rabbits can’t get in (unless a couple of them lift the cage up while another slips in to feast. Perhaps they take turns). It didn’t stop me harvesting one! I also appear to have several tomato plants growing here. Not planted by me! Either someone spilt seed (unlikely) or there were tomato seeds in the food waste I buried to enrich the soil. I will leave them to see what happens.

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The Allotment Diaries: June (into July)

June

The Community Garden held their AGM on Saturday 12 June. I fully intended to go, but at the last minute something came up and I missed it. Hopefully someone has made a note of what was discussed and with circulate them. But we got there two days later, when the weather was much cooler with a few spots of rain, though not enough.

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