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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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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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Christmas Potatoes

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Sorry to mention Christmas, but it is only 13 weeks and 2 days away!

As the sunsets, I’ve been planting Christmas Potatoes, a bit late, these should have been planted in August if I want potatoes for Christmas Day, but despite looking for them since July, they came into stock and were sold out in days. I managed to get some, pre-chitted ‘Estima’ and ‘Maris Peer’ tubers, I was notified by a supplier that had left overs, and despite only wanting ten tubers of both, I ended up with 40 tubers for the same money! These will sit in the greenhouse protected from frost, and I’ll dig-up on Christmas Day, I’ve got a little problem with my greenhouse at present, it’s split, but if I cannot fix, I know someone nearby with a polytunnel, that may trade space for some spuds on Christmas Day! (with this recent warm spell, and may make up lost time!)

christmas potatoes maris peer

christmas potatoes maris peer

These are planted in garden recycling sacks, and old compost bags. Something to occupy the empty greenhouse over the autumn and winter.

Since placing an order for my seed potatoes, I’ve seen excess tubers available at garden centres, suitable for planting now, Large pots, compost bags or animal food sacks will do, just make sure you protect from frost, if your lucky you’ll have potatoes for Christmas Day.

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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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Summer Harvest

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Un-earthed some more potatoes for tea this evening, this crop is from two tubers, planted in different bags.

and I thought I better pick me plums off the tree, we have an old victoria plum tree in the front garden, it’s very old, some people in the village think it was planted before the house was built, and the house was built in 1862! The plum tree is now crooked and hollow, and the number of plums it delivers each year dwindles now!

victoria plums

victoria plums

Some I’m surprised that this year, I’ve manged to save as many as this.

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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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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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Potatoe Farm update - ready?

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

An update on how the potatoes are growing. I’ve been reminded by the calendar it’s time to dig-up my First Earlies - Epicure, which should be ready for harvesting now.

Potatoe farm

Potatoe farm

 

 

First Earlies Epicure - ready for digging up?

First Earlies Epicure - ready for digging up?

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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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