New potatoes for supper

New potatoesWell, they’ve arrived. Could be a tad bigger, if I were being picky, but I suppose it’s only early June.

We had the first spuds on Sunday, and in truth I need to wait a little longer. One-plant-per-diner isn’t fabulously economical.

Having said that, small new potatoes are lip-smackingly delicious when fresh. I could scoff them until I’m sick. And beyond, probably.

11 Responses to “New potatoes for supper”

  1. Magic Cochin Says:

    Did you pick off the biggest and stick the plant back in the ground?

    It’ll be a few weeks before we have any home grown spuds. But the strawberries are fab!!!

    Celia

  2. Matron Says:

    That is special! Doesn’t matter that they are small, size isn’t everything! They are your first ones and they will taste all the better for it!

  3. Jo Says:

    The first ones always taste the best regardless of size. Mine won’t be ready for a few weeks yet.

  4. Rachael Says:

    I’m being restrained and making myself wait until the end of June for my first earlies, which will be exactly 12 weeks from planting.

  5. altdenahiker Says:

    Call me superficial, but I say size matters.

  6. Rampant_Weasel Says:

    what variety soilman?
    been eating arran pilot and they taste really good ( first time ive grown them)
    not much scab or slug damage this year.scab wise i didnt use chicken pellets which seems to have made a big difference.

  7. Soilman Says:

    Hi Weasel

    They’re Orla, a good reliable First Early.

    Yeah, chicken shit’s bad for spuds; not only is it highly nitrogenous (encouraging leafy growth, not big tubers), it’s also alkaline… which encourages scab on potatoes! You’re better off with horse manure or simple compost.

  8. Frugilegus Says:

    Oh, they look lovely! But your experiment has helped me regather my patience, and wait a little longer. I’m only growing in containers, so have just 9 plants to enjoy (in a few weeks). While little new potatoes are wonderful, I think I’m going for the maximum numbers of dinners.

  9. Rampant_Weasel Says:

    thanks soilman, i found they caused scab but didnt the hows and whys until now.
    just used dug in horse manure last autumn this year and its worked a treat.strange thing is toby on gardeners world put chicken pellets on his…not very good for a professional :s

  10. Soilman Says:

    Well, if their soil is very acid and/or heavy (I seem to remember them saying the soil was clay in the first episode of the new GW), they may be able to get away with chicken shit. But on light/lime soils, it’s a disaster for potatoes. I’m guessing you have fairly light, sandy soil Weasel – it’s a recipe for scab, which I also get on my spuds.

    Have to say I’ve not found GW terribly reliable on vegetables over the years. The low point was a show hosted by one presenter who clearly had not the first idea how to grow cauliflowers… and it showed. Toby seems generally a bit more promising than others have been, but I’m not holding my breath.

  11. Rampant_Weasel Says:

    im on heavy clay….and im in my third year of growing in my garden.however each year i have extended the plot a bit so each year im growing the spuds on newly broken up ex turfland.maybe this contributes?either way these the best spuds ive grown so far.