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Tatties 2017

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  1. Scrungee

    Scrungee Well known for it

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    Bought my first seed spuds yesterday, 10 x Picasso from Wilkos, £1.50 for a small bag full [1] that weighed just under 1Kg. I've also ordered 2.5Kg of Kondor seed spuds (these are normally difficult to buy locally as not many outlets sell them).

    Don't normally buy them this early (would ideally get them when reduced towards end of planting season) but these are the 2 varieties I grow for the 'heaviest potatoes' show class which have all but one shoot removed prior to planting and allowing time to heal, then they're brought on in trays (so any further shoots can be removed) then transplanted to pots before planting in open ground in raised beds under cloches.

    Unfortunately I had severe problems with scab last year which prevented my best spuds breaking the 3lbs barrier. They would have grown much heavier, but stalled at less than 3lbs each and then proceeded to rot.

    [1] Wilkos loose seed spuds have dramatically increased in price, 10 medium/large'ish size spuds for 0.95Kg. That's about twice the price they were last year!


     
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    • Trunky

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      Got my Arran Pilots last week. :)

      One of the highlights of my gardening year is always that first mouthful of succulent, tasty new potatoes in early summer.
       
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        My seed potatoes arrived today, so need to remember to keep a few egg boxes back.
         
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          Nearly bought mine today in B&Q but they had got too long sprouts.
           
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            Think I'm gonna have to nip out and have a nose tomorrow :)
             
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              What are your favourite varieties?

              The last couple of years I've had very good yields of "Rocket" which are also very early BUT they break up when boiled so I'm looking to change. I've read good reviews about 'Winston' as a first early - any recommendations?
               
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                Lots of 'Potato Days'[ coming up soon, hey @Zigs there's one at Bridport tomorrow!

                First one of the season
                Saturday, 7th January 2017 10.00am - 1.30pm
                Bridport Potato Day

                Bridport United Church
                East Street
                Bridport DT6 3LY
                Free Admission, refreshments.
                 
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                  Don't know if I'm giving it a go this year. Very disheartened by last year's attempt.

                  If the local club run the same competition this year, and give out a free potato, I may just do it with fingers crossed.
                   
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                    Ta Scrunge, but working tomorrow :sad:
                     
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                    Picket up Rocket (@JWK) and Maris Peer (lovely for mashing last year) today in Wilko £2.25 for 2kg. Going to pick up a second early/maincrop type but not sure what yet.

                    Ah go for it @"M" :blue thumb:
                     
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                      I probably sound like a broken record, but cant be bothered with earlies, only grow Pink Fir apple.
                      They, after September are as good as earlies for the whole winter, when used with salads.
                      Other uses also, but mashing them is a crime.:smile:
                       
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                        I bought Pentland Javelin at Wilko today, all the Onion sets sold out. Waiting for Poundland to get rid of the tatty Xmas stuff and get the gardening items on display.

                        Yes I agree try again "M"
                         
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                          Their hessian Santa sacks are now reduced to 25p and would be ideal for storing spuds.

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                            What's the variety that's supposed to be similar to PFA but less knobbly?


                            Getting accomplished at buying reduced shop bought spuds for between 0.75p/Kg to 3.5p/Kg over the last couple of years has made we wonder about giving up on 2nd earlies & maincrop spuds, and concentrating on those for competition (both size & quality) together with small amounts of new and interesting varieties I've not tried before, so will intend visiting a potato day and/or GC that have lots of varieties and will a singles or just a few of individual varieties. (I have heard of some naughty gardeners who, to get around minimum quantities at some GCs selling loose spuds, take very small, labelled plastic bags, place single spuds in them and put them in the middle of a bigger bag of seed spuds)
                             
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                              pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                              I dont know, didn't know there was one.:smile:
                               
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                              I was probably thinking of Anya (PFA x Desiree cross), has anybody tried it?

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                              And does anybody know of a source for Mayan Twilight? (other than in N.I.)

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                                I'd give Anya a go if I could find some seed, the knobbly growth habit of PFA is probably its biggest downfall.
                                 
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                                  Mrs Scrungee wasn't impressed when I presented her with half a sack of knobbly tubers, one favourable review of Anya and I'll give them a trial.

                                  My list for 2017 so far is:

                                  1) Kondor for big spuds (3lbs +)
                                  2) Picasso, again to get bigguns for competition, but more acceptable when brought home for the kitchen.
                                  3) Blue Belle, did well last year
                                  4) Amour, something new with a bit of colour
                                  5) Kestrel, my favourite spud
                                  6) Anya? (will check for reviews against PFA)
                                  7) Mayan Twylight? (don't really want to pay courier charges from N.I., so looking for somewhere selling closer to home).

                                  And this year I must avoid being tempted by bargain seed spuds that just give me a load of work, cost a fortune spraying against blight (and still get it), and still work out 10x more expensive than buying from supermarkets.
                                   
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                                  @Scrungee , Anya is described by Suttons as an early variety, also it has the tag of Albert Bartlett added to it.
                                  Having bought Albert Bartlett spuds from the supermarket I cant say as I'm impressed by that name.
                                   
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                                    Yes, + elsewhere described as 2nd early. I see anything that reduces time to harvest and exposure to blight as an advantage.

                                    A.B. have not been mentioned anywhere that I've been looking at them, for example Potato (Second Early) Anya £4.95 From Mr Fothergills Seeds
                                     

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