UKVG readers will know that I have been seeking their advice on what seed potatoes to purchase this year.
Last year I visited the Hampshire Potato Day at Whitchurch which was excellent with 100s of varieties of potatoes plus onion sets, shallots, garlic and various stalls selling seeds etc. Well worth a trip and I shall be popping down there again on Saturday 29th January. For more info visit their site.
Then I started looking for other events locally and was amazed to find they are popping up all over the place – here’s a list of ones that I can reach within a 40 minute drive for example.
And the great thing about them is I can buy single tubers (were normally from seed companies you have to buy at least 10) so I can try out new varieties and have a greater selection.
So here’s what I’m going for:
First Early – Arran Pilot
Second Early – Charlotte
Maincrop – Pink Fir Apple
I will also be growing Kestrel and Blue Belle for show (and eating) as well as Winston (as I’ve heard some people like the taste so I thought I’d give it a try as it’s the no1 white potato on the showbench as well). Plus a few other single tuber purchases that take my fancy.
Most will be grown in 17 litre polypots that was quite successful last year although it’s important to keep up with the watering.
Well let me know what you think and if you are visiting a Potato Day near you that you can recommend.