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Potato day

On Saturday we had intended to make an overdue visit to the Plot but instead we filled our day with other garden related activities.

The morning was spent at a local garden centre's mini potato day. Martyn has posted a video here.

Each year we choose half a dozen Varieties of potatoes that we haven't grown before as a trial. To be honest we didn't expect there to be many new varieties to try out but we were wrong.

The six new varieties that we chose were Jazzy, Elfe, Carlingford, Mayan Gold, Carolus and Apache. We bought four seed potatoes of each.
We then added bags of the potatoes that we wanted to grow in larger quantities. These were based on varieties that had impressed us in previous years, some of which were from last year's trial. We chose seven varieties for our main potato crop Casablanca, Rooster, Vivaldi, Osprey, Cara, Kestrel and Nadine. 

Martyn has posted more about each variety here.

In the afternoon Martyn tidied up and cleaned out the summer house and set out the potatoes to chit.
I tidied up a couple of perennial borders in the back garden.
 It was mainly a case of cutting back the dead growth from the perennials.
We now have several bags of debris to transport to the compost bins at the allotment.
We were intended a plot visit today but guess what - it's raining!

Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author S Garrett

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