If I don’t move fairly quickly I’ll miss out on ordering a decent selection of seed potatoes for this year. Last years harvest was good and we enjoyed all the new (to us) varieties that we chose, with one exception. Ezel Blue will never darken our cottage door or vegetable patch again. We ended up throwing them away.
International Kidney – from which Jersey Royals were bred – are sweet and delicious. Shape’s Express were a good, fluffy, floury spud. Our Rooster potatoes did well – these need to be boiled in their skins to avoid bursting and are super baked potatoes. The British Queens were fine but not exceptional.
At the Cottage Smallholder Milton Keynes Meetup, Seth presented Danny with a box of interesting looking spuds.
“Yukon Gold are exceptional for baking and roasting.”
I could tell by his expression that these potatoes were really good. We’d not heard of them before. We tried them baked and roasted and they were fabulous.
Apparently Yukon Gold were developed in Canada. They are a cross between a North American white potato and a wild South American yellow fleshed variety. They have a good flavour and apparently they are great for mashing and adding to soup and chowder.
I reckon that if you are going to grow potatoes, this is your chance to try some new varieties as well as growing enough to see you through the winter months. Yukon Gold and International Kidney are top of my list for this year.
So I’ve been sniffing around the Internet. Looking for bargains and inspiration. Thompson and Morgan have come up trumps again with many varieties of seed potato selling for just £2.99 for 20 tubers – it’s definitely worth checking out this link as they have loads of varieties on offer. Quite often 10 tubers are more expensive than 20, so scroll down the page!
What I usually do when ordering online is to fill my basket with my dream selection and revisit the basket the next morning for a final pairing down. As you know, we now have a 15 rod allotment so we’ll be growing plenty of spuds there. The major problem will be eelworm as we will be planting on former meadow land. That is why both Cara and Lady Christi are on my list – both are good varieties for evading the threat of eelworm and blight. Also on the eelworm front I will be wrapping each seed potato in newspaper as this seems to have done the trick over the past few years at home.
Over the years I have progressed on the potato growing front and generally get good results. If you’d like to get the best from your potato harvest see what I have learnt here – how to grow the best potatoes.
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