It’s not too late to plant potatoes, but many people will have them in already. We tend to run a few weeks behind everyone else over here – we have heavy clay soil which gets waterlogged.
The upside is that after everyone else has finished their harvest, we are still enjoying ours!
My favourite potatoes are Charlottes, closely followed by Nicola. This year we’re growing Nicolas because I left it too late to buy Charlottes. Note to self'; order early next year! I’ve just ordered them from the Organic Gardening catalogue and as soon as they arrive, we’ll be out there planting them.
We don’t grow maincrops for two reasons. Firstly we can buy local potatoes for less than £5 a 25kg sack during the winter; and second, with damp ground, potato blight can be a problem.
Blight – a natural cure
We have endured potato blight once, and we came through unscathed. We grow organically, so had to find a natural, chemical-free solution. With a little experimenting we came up trumps and I’ve never viewed my tenacious ‘weed’ horsetail in the same way since. We’ve now become firm friends and I try and remind myself how helpful it was to our crop when I’m pulling it out and stopping it choking our crops.
You can find out how to deal with potato blight, without chemicals here.
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In addition to our family planting, Little Miss Green is tending to her own crop this year. Through the potato council website, we joined their ‘potatoes for schools‘ scheme. Home schools could register too, which is good news.
I’ll be telling you more about the potato council scheme soon.
What about you – Do you plant potatoes? Which are your favourite types?