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More April Showers on Andy’s Allotment!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb, it’s still damn raining, and the allotment is disappearing under more water, I’ve planted my comfrey, rhubarb and horse raddish. But the ground is far too wet, to plant my potatoes, onions, garlic and shallots, they will just rot in the ground.

My strawberry plants and asparagus corns have arrived, I’m not sure when I’ll get these planted now as the allotment is too wet, and looking at the weather forecasts, rain until Saturday!

here are some more photographs of the allotment developing…

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Time to Chit!

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Chitting Potatoes on egg boxes!

Chitting Potatoes on egg boxes!

If you’ve not got any egg boxes to chit on, then ask at your local market! You may get them free!

If you’ve not already done so or started, you’ve almost got time left whilst the stockists have still got seed potatoes left on the shelves, to chit them. This year I’m trying the following varieties.

  • First Earlies Vale’s Emerald
  • Second Earlies Organic Orla
  • Maincrop Organic Lady Balfour
  • Salad Juliette
  • Salad Anya

I’m growing Maincrop Organic Lady Balfour and Salad Anya again this year, because I had an excellent crop last year.


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Final Harvest of potatoes

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

As the local farmers lift the potatoes before the frosts from the fields, I thought it was about time to lift all my potatoes, I’ve had a good crop of Anya, Edzell Blue and Lady Balfour this year, the first earlies Epicure, weren’t very good, so I’ll be dropping them from my grow list next year. I’ve had bumper crops from Anya, so I think I’ll be growing more of this salad variety next year. The potatoes have certainly done better than the tomatotes! Here are some pictures of the final harvest this year drying on the rotten porch in the sun.

Salad Anya potatoes

Salad Anya potatoes

Salad Anya and Edzell Blue potatoes

Salad Anya and Edzell Blue potatoes

Edzell Blue and Lady Balfour potatoes

Edzell Blue and Lady Balfour potatoes

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Christmas Potatoes at 1 month

Monday, October 26th, 2009

These are my Christmas Potatoes 1 month after planting. This variety is Maris Peer. No show from Estima as yet.

Maris Peer No.1 1 month after planting

Maris Peer No.1 1 month after planting

Maris Peer No.2 1 month after planting

Maris Peer No.2 1 month after planting

Maris Peer No.3 1 month after planting

Maris Peer No.3 1 month after planting

Maris Peer earthed-up

Maris Peer earthed-up again

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Keep the vamps at bay

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

We’ve been tidying up the garden before the Autumn starts on Wednesday. Lindsey cut the front lawn, maybe for the last time, and I’ve been clearing up and emptying the potatoe bags and planting my garlic that my friend (thanks Paul) bought from the The Garlic Farm, on The Isle of Wight. (keeps away the vamps!). It’s probably a little early, but I wanted to get it in the ground while it was still warm, and the autumn starts on Wednesday, so it’s probably not that early. I’ve planted Iberian Wight - a soft-neck early white garlic and Elephant Garlic - these cloves are massive. I’ll be planting my potatoes shortly for Christmas, and keeping them in the greenhouse.

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Best potatoes crop yet

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

These were dug up from two plants…

Salad Anya

Salad Anya

Maincrop Organic Lady Balfour

Maincrop Organic Lady Balfour

I’ll definately be growing more of Salad Anya potatoes next year. These have done extremely well, considering a bag of these in the supermarket is about a pound.

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Potatoe Harvest Time

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

I’ve harvested the last of the First Earlies I planted out in March this year and dug up the last plant, it revealed much better potatoes, the variety I grew was Epicure. But I don’t think I’ll be selecting this variety next year.

First Earlies Epicure

First Earlies Epicure

But the Second Earlies Edzell Blue I also planted out in March, have done extremely well, and I thought the tubers, when planted were all shrivelled up and rubbish when I planted them out. It just goes to show, looks can be deceptive.

Second Earlies Edzell Blue

Second Earlies Edzell Blue

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Digging in the dirt

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Potatoe Farm

Potatoe Farm

 

I lost my footing this evening and fell over in the potatoes, and couldn’t get up! Lindsey had to help me up, so some of the potatoes plants are crushed because I fell on them!

I harvested two bags of potatoes this evening, as I needed 500grams of new potatoes for a salad recipe.

First Early Harvest

First Early Harvest

After Lindsey had seen what I had dug she commented “new potato salad off the menu then”!

The smaller micro-potatoes we boiled-up all the same, and they were very tasty. But what I failed to understand, is why the larger potatoes were very green, these were not near the top, so I don’t think light had caused them to go green, as I had earthed up the potatoes, I’m now wondering if I’ve left them in the ground too long, or harvested them too early.

So we didn’t eat the green potatoes, as I’ve read green potatoes can be poisonous!

Oh well, there’s always the second earlies, salad and main crop to try, and then Xmas Potatoes!

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Warning Frost Alert!!!

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

and because Jack Frost is coming to visit this evening (so says the weather forecast), I thought I better wrap up the potatoes, Blue-berry and goji-berry bushes. The problems with late frosts this time of year, is it damages the flowers on the Blue-berry bushes, and no flowers, no berries! It’s the moisture in the air around the plants that causes the problem when the temperature drops, and frost appears, so if you cover up the plants before darkness falls, this traps in the warm air - well that’s the theory!

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