Seed potatoes: Seeds of Spring

seed potatoesSpring is within view, at last; when the seed potato order arrives, it’s not far off.

I’m being very unadventurous: Desiree, Orla, Kerr’s Pink. The only slightly unusual one is Ratte, a terrific French second early/early maincrop that I’ve become fond of. Utterly delicious salad potato.

Who knows? I may even go to the allotment at some point. After, er, a month’s absence.

9 Responses to “Seed potatoes: Seeds of Spring”

  1. Carrie Says:

    Only new seeds we have are the ones that came free with recent magazines *blush*. We are super duper unorganised this year with the house move happening.

  2. Tanya Walton Says:

    everyone seems to be getting their seed potatoes delivered when I haven’t even though about what to grow yet…oh well…plenty of time…|I think!!!

  3. Jo Says:

    My seed potatoes haven’t been delivered yet. I’ve ordered from T&M this year, and I have heard of people being sent substitutes from them in the past so I’m just keeping my fingers crossed.

  4. The Idiot Gardener Says:

    I have Arran Pilots and Pink Fir Apple. I wanted a few more, but then common sense reigned me in for the first year. Then I decided on Arran Victory too, but I bought some and was disappointed by their willingness to crumble to slop, and their tasteless pappy mouth-stink. I think the “names” only rate them because they’re heritage.

    Damn this, I want more potatoes.

    I’m also torn between planting out on 17 March or Good Friday. Okay, St Patrick did like a spud more than a snake, but the variance of which day it falls on is annoying. Good Friday is always a dull day, so it’s winning for me at present.

  5. Soilman Says:

    Idiot Gardener: I grew Arran Victory for years. Agree about all their shortcomings, and would add some more: they store poorly, sprout very early, are low-yielding and susceptible to Spraing and Blight.

    HOWEVER… they make stunning chips and roast potatoes. Which was enough for me to overlook their shortcomings, until I discovered Kerr’s Pink, which also make fabulous chips but have none of AV’s disadvantages. Recommended.

    I plant early potatoes in Feb, if the weather’s been warmish and looks like continuing that way (though you’ll have to fleece against frost in April/May if you plant that early). My maincrops go in on Good Friday.

  6. allotment blogger Says:

    We’re growing Cara, Maris Bard and Wilja – if we can ever get up there to get them in the ground, that is. Today there is a rivulet running through the centre of what should be my potato bed – it is between four and six inches deep, I reckon has actual banks and bends and stuff. Very depressing.

  7. Mal's Allotment Says:

    You’ve gone cabin crazy SM! I’m thinking broad beans and parsnips and shallots first. If you grow vegetables out of season you end up making work for yourself. And just in case you haven’t noticed, we’re not over the coldest winter in 45 years yet.

    The Edinburgh Potato Day is 22nd Feb and I’m not thinking about spuds until then.

    Just a bit of a lie as due to my crop rotation and my new enthusiasm for soft fruit (and ambition to grow lots of carrots) this year will be a restricted one for spuds. (2 earlies: Ballydoon and Epicure and one maincrop: Rooster. Ooh and I’m on the lookout for some salad varieties – Vivaldi…?)

    No no, far to early to think about spuds!!!

  8. mikes dad Says:

    last year got to potato fair at 1 minute after opening to find best spuds gone!
    This year was sneakey and found out which garden centre was supplying the seed potatoes and travelled their one week before potato fair .
    Result , smug feeling and all varieties bought.
    International Kidney , Rocket , Maris Bard , Wilja , Anya , Picasso , Valor ,Sante , Sarpo Mira and Fourtyfold .
    I love Spuds .

  9. Christina Says:

    Someday, I’ll get potatoes to grow for me. In the meantime, I’ll admire yours. I must go look up Ratte now–hmmmm, it makes it sound tempting to try again.