Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Final Chapter of Potato Experiment

If you have visited previously, you will know that I planted 6 varieties of potato in bags and containers, and gathered potatoes from under the plants, disturbing the roots as little as possible, and leaving the top growth flourishing.

Now that the plants (they were all first earlies) have died back, I tipped the containers and bags out, gathering the last of each variety, as hoped, they all produced a second crop, but not uniformly, see photograph below...

Well worth doing again.

Abbot, Dunluce, Sherine, Accent, Rocket
Abbot, Dunluce, Sherine, Accent, Rocket

Here are the containers, now cleaned and planted up with (chitted) Charlotte potatoes, which I bought from Little Groves, Beaminster. Hopefully they should give new potatoes for Christmas (they'll go into a greenhouse when frost is in the air).

Containers of Charlotte potatoes planted today for Christmas
Containers of Charlotte potatoes planted today for Christmas
In the foreground is the cut-back green manure, soon to be dug in.