Two visits to the plot already this week and it feels like we’re settling into the normal routine of things. Also I have seed potatoes from Ayletts. So all is good. We grow our potatoes in Burgon &Ball black bags and since they only hold eight tubers I prefer to buy them from loose seed, rather than pre-packaged, meaning I can check each one. Firm and undamaged being the requirement.
New or salad potatoes are a favourite of mine through Summer and early Autumn and so I’ve chosen;
Pictured on the left of the photograph. A second early. These are smoother than Pink Fir Apple, the texture is firm and waxy with nutty flavour.
Belle de Fontenay
On the right. Another second early with a buttery flavour and waxy texture.
Pink Fir Apple
In the centre. A maincrop, long and irregular in appearance, creamy in texture, with nutty flavour.
If you’re new to growing potatoes I’d recommend sourcing them from a good independent nursery, the quality is likely to be better and the choice of varieties far wider. Alternatively Pennards Plants or JBA Seed Potatoes are good mail order businesses.