The Tatties Thread 2020

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  1. JWK

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    Never done this but I imagine you will be limited to what is available 'prepared for planting now' (you can't just replant some tubers harvested right now unless you treat them, for example). I recall JBA Potatoes used to sell Christmas seed potatoes. Maris peer I have grown and definitely good for roasting.
     
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    I've been buying supermarket main crop mostly what they class as baking potatoes.
    They usually start to shoot before I get round to eating them.
    So just a thought, they might be worth a try.
     
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      Good idea pete, if they are shooting now they will be OK to plant for harvest in the autumn/winter.
       
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        3) Take stem cuttings from potatoes

        4) Photograph their flowers (maybe I should have used a diffuser or waited for an overcast sky):

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        5) Sniff potato flowers. Never noticed how fragrant potato flowers are until this year.



        P.S. Re late season/Xmas spuds, I thought they were normally the likes of Charlottes that had been produced the previous year and kept in cool storage to delay sprouting, so UK produced maincrop spuds would be the same, except might have been chemically treated to delay sprouting. Tubers produced this year will be dormant until 2021, just as if they'd been left in the ground unharvested.
         
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          Never realised that either. None of my earlies flowered this year whilst all my maincrop have. I like potato flowers they look exotic especially when they come out en masse.
           
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          I offered to pick a bunch of them to put in a vase indoors, but Mrs Scrungee declined my offer. It's only because they've grown so tall this year that I noticed their fragrance.

          But I wasn't serious because flowering is supposed to be an indication the tubers are swelling, so I've always left them on in case they send done sort of signal to down below, and waited for berries to start forming before removing them to ensure the plant is concentrating all its energy on tuber, not fruit production.
           
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            Camera on a pole?
            Good to see you are keeping up social distancing from your spuds @Scrungee
             
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              6) Take a photograph of taking a photograph of your potatoes.
               
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                Its called Boredom, John;):biggrin:
                 
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                  That made for an interesting read. Not something I would attempt as I simply don’t have the space (3 raised beds to grow everything), but a fun thing to do.
                   
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                    This week I found a small box of well sprouted potatoes, red Irish Roosters, under the table so have put them largely under hay where they may do something useful in one way or another .
                     
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                      You have nothing to lose Islander. They will be ok under hay just a target for slugs if it goes slimy.
                       
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                      I have that covered! Irresistible slug traps... They are also on stony ground so that may help .
                       
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                        Had the first of our charlottes, exquisite fresh from the garden, I'm going nowhere near my Cara's until the haulms have fully died off.
                         
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                          Around a week ago I noticed one of my plants (Foremost) had Blackleg so dug it up and found a few useable, small spuds. Yesterday I dug one up and got a reasonable amount of quite large tubers, easily enough for two meals for two. The flavour? Nice, but not as nice as my favourite, Arran Pilot. They took around 40 minutes to cook through, which may account for the somewhat ‘watery’ texture.
                           
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