Six on Saturday 10 Feb 2018

Another week has flown by and before you know it – 6 on Saturday is due. A very cold week which felt closer to winter than we have had so far, making me unusually grateful to have an office job by day.

This weeks 6 is an easy one as I picked my seed potatoes today at the east anglian potato day. This does mean the images are a sea of brown so apologies for that in advance. Quite local (40 mins by car) to me and found by accident after a twitter post from MarksVegPlot who I follow, mentioned his local event. The only potato I had in mind to get before going was Charlotte which when we arrived had already sold out. So moving on from that I managed to find some other interesting or hopefully suitable potatoes to try which are……

1, ‘Bambino’ an early main crop variety that is described as having good resistance to blight and scab. Usually I don’t get too badly hit by blight, but some resistance is never a bad thing. Not dis-similar to a salad potato, but (according to the description) slightly less waxy. Reportedly producing a good amount of small spuds.

2, ‘Carlingford’ This one is a second early potato for salad and boiling. This will be one of the options instead of the aimed for Charlotte and looking to find a nice solid early spud from this. Described as being like Maris Peer but with a higher yield; so high hopes for this. More vulnerable to blight later on so hopefully this will mature quickly and be lifted before the risk increases.

3, ‘Yukon Gold’ Another second early but better as a baker or for frying this time. Colour is described as bold yellow with a good buttery taste. I’ve had a few spuds in the past that produced very big tubers for baking so I am hoping this will surpass those by being a slightly more manageable size and a nicer flavour.

4, ‘Violetta’ Although my pictures wont show this (I’ll scrub some once grown to test this) they are described as having and indigo blue skin and blue flesh. I have wanted to try some coloured potatoes, and this one looks, on the face of it, a good choice. Flavour wise it is suggested that it has a slightly sweet taste (which could be interesting). A main crop variety so won’t start to chit this quite yet.

5, ‘Red Emallie’ Another coloured variety that my images wont show, red this time (so I get a variety of colour). Also a main crop variety, so I will have to wait a short while before chitting and getting in the ground. Looks like it should have a few uses including baking; which I hope will help show the colour off nicely, or it could be roasted or steamed. I think with both the coloured types, avoiding using the boiling method is probably going to be necessary to preserve the colour interest.

6, A quick break from spuds at the end of this 6 to show a couple of seedlings that have made an appearance this week. The first being aubergine ‘Bonica’ and the other is one of my Leek varieties ‘Lancaster’ (a change from my seed list as the requested was out of stock). Needed a bit of colour after the brown flood of potatoes for the previous 5 entries!

I also have two main crop potato varieties ‘Aaron Victory’ and ‘Pentland Dell’ – I will cover the results as they are harvested along with the other potatoes above. That is it for my shorter 6 on Saturday entry this week as I want to save more detail on the spuds for when I get to harvest and try them. Don’t forget to check out the Propagator’s blog https://goo.gl/dzfiqS for a full list of this weeks 6 on Saturday entries from a variety of great bloggers.

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  1. Nice selection of spuds anď I see you have been sensibly restrained with numbers. I bought direct from a seed supplier and they only ship in 2kg lots. Even after flogging half of them to a colleague i still have a dozen of each if three kinds. More than i rewlly need or have room for. Oh well…

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    1. I have a fairly specific amount of space for them so knew what numbers I was looking at. Two of the raised beds and hopefully about 20 in each give or take – makes the restraint rather necessary for me.

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  2. The only one I know is Yukon Gold, very popular here in Canada. I have grown some small blue potatoes, which were fine, but not plentiful in my case. No potatoes for me this year I think. Best of luck with all of yours!

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    1. Most of them are new to me as well – one reason I picked them I like trying lots of varieties, then if I find a real gem I do grow it again.

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  3. A fine pick of potatoes there Steve. Looks like you will have plenty of scrummy nuggets of gold to unearth 😊 I’ve only ever grown potatoes once which grew but don’t know what to do with the soil left in the sacks now. Any advice?

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    1. Good question, not entirely sure as it’s not an issue I get directly. What I have done with compost from pots I used for tomatoes is re-use it in part as a mulch/soil improver for beds. Have to be a bit careful about pests and diseases of course though.

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  4. I didn’t know 5 of the 6 spuds’ varieties. (Except violetta). That is time to find mine soon. We don’t have so many species here. How many of each do you want to plant ?

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    1. I bought the pretty much exactly the number of tubers I have space for. 2 Violetta, 4 Red emallie, 5 each of the three early varieties and 10 of each of the two main types. Should fill two of my raised beds nicely but I do need good growth from each tuber.

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  5. I’m also considering a no-spud garden this year, mostly because of not getting the storage right. I end having to knock of neighbour’s doors, foisting sprouting pratis on them. Since you obviously love your spuds, how do you harvest & store?

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    1. I tend not to dig the bulk up until reasonably late in the season. I also store them in Hessian sacks in a cool dark place – usually a shed over most of winter. I also have a pantry that stays cool over winter which helps. I am told that if spuds start to chit breaking those of can also slow down the process to keep them longer.

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