Monday, 7 February 2011

Potatoes

Chitting (preparing for planting)
Unpack the potatoes and place into a seed tray, shallow box or egg boxes with the end showing the most eye/shoots facing upwards. Keep in a light, cool but frost free area so they produce short, stubby 'chits' or shoots.


Planting
Plant potatoes once the soil has started to warm and all risk of frost has passed. Plant with the shoots facing upwards.
Plant 4-6 inches / 10-15cm deep.
Plant 12-18 inches / 30-45cm apart in your rows.
Plant each row 24-30in / 60-75cm apart.

Plant First Earlies: March - April.
Second Earlies, Main Crop & Salads: April - May.


As the shoots and leaves grow, carefully earth them up (drawing soil up to the plants). This will prevent light reaching the tubers. Repeat as the plant develops. Water well & regularly during dry weather.

Harvesting
First Earlies: 10-12 weeks after planting.
Second Earlies: 13-15 weeks after planting.
Main Crop: 15-22 weeks after planting.

Use hessian or paper sacks to sore the Main Crop varieties in a dark, cool but frost free shed or garage.

Varieties
4Accent 8 First Early 8 Great for Roasting, Mashing & Chips
4Accord 8 Early 8 Waxy 8 Great for Wedges
4Altesse 8 Second Early 8 Great for Salads
4Amandine 8 First Early 8 Great for Salads

4Ambo 8 Maincrop 8 Great for Boiling & Jackets
4Anoe (Claire) 8 First Early 8 Great for Salads

4Anya 8 Salad Potato 8 Floury 8 Great for Salads
4Arran Pilot 8 First Early 8 Great for Jackets
4Arran Victory 8 Second Early 8 Great for Jackets, Mashing & Roasting
4Belle de Fontenay 8 Main Crop 8 Waxy 8 Great for Salads
4BF15 8 First Early 8 Great for Salads
4Cara 8 Maincrop 8 Waxy 8 Great for Jackets, Chips & Roasting

4Carlingford 8 Second Early 8 Floury 8 Great for Wedges & Salads
4Catriona 8 Second Early 8 Great for Roasting
4Celine 8 Maincrop 8 Great for Boiling, Roasting, Chips & Jackets
4Charlotte 8 Second Early 8 Waxy 8 Great for Potato Salads
4Cherie 8 First Early 8 Great for Salads

4Cosmos 8 Second Early 8 Great for Boiling, Roasting, Mashing & Jackets
4Desiree 8 Maincrop 8 Floury 8 Great All Rounder/Great for Roasting, Chips, Mashing, Jackets & Dauphinoise
4Duke of York 8 First Early 8 Waxy 8 Great for Jackets & Salads
4Dunbar Standard 8 Second Early 8 Great for Roasting & Chips
4Dundrod 8 First Early 8 Waxy

4Dunluce 8 First Early
4Edzell Blue 8 Second Early 8 Great for Jackets & Roasting
4Epicure 8 First Early 8 Great for Jackets & Mashing
4Estima 8 Second Early 8 Floury 8 Great for Boiling & Jackets
4Fianna 8 Maincrop 8 Floury
4Foremost 8 First Early 8 Great for Jackets

4Franceline 8 Second Early 8 Great for Salads
4Golden Wonder 8 Maincrop 8 Floury 8 Great for Chips
4Harmony 8 Maincrop 8 Waxy 8 Great for Boiling, Mashing & Harmony
4Highland Burgundy Red
4International Kidney 8 First Early 8 Great for Chips & Salads
4Juliette 8 Second Early 8 Great for Salads
4Kerr's Pink 8 Salad Potato 8 Floury 8 Great for Chips & Mashing
4Kestrel 8 Second Early 8 Great for Jackets, Mashing, Chips & Roasting

4King Edward 8 Maincrop 8 Floury 8 Great All Rounder/Great for Roasting, Jackets, Chips & Dauphinoise
4Kondor 8 Maincrop 8 Great for Boiling, Roasting & Jackets
4Lady Christl 8 First Early

4La Ratte 8 Maincrop 8 Great for Salads
4Linzer Delikatess 8 Second Early 8 Great for Salads

4Majestic 8 Maincrop 8 Great for Chips & Mashing
4Marfona 8 Second Early 8 Waxy 8 Great for Jackets
4Maris Bard 8 First Early 8 Waxy 8 Great for New Potatoes
4Maris Peer 8 Second Early 8 Waxy 8 Great for Potato Salads & Jackets
4Maris Piper 8 Maincrop 8 Floury 8 Great All Rounder/Great for Roasting, Salads, Mashing, Jackets & Chips
4Maxine 8 Maincrop 8 Great for Boiling, Roasting, Mashing & Jackets
4Merlin 8 Second Early 8 Great for Mashing
4Mona Lisa 8 Second Early 8 Great for Roasting

4Nadine 8 Second Early 8 Waxy 8 Great for Mashing, Chips & Baking
4Nicola 8 8 Waxy 8 Great for Potato Salads
4Osprey 8 Second Early 8 Waxy 8 Great for Boiling, Mashing & Roasting
4Pentland Crown 8 Maincrop 8 Great for Mashing
4Pentland Dell 8 Maincrop 8 Great for Chips

4Pentland Javelin 8 First Early 8 Waxy 8 Great for Jackets
4Pentland Square 8 Maincrop 8 Great for Boiling & Jackets
4Picasso 8 Maincrop 8 Great for Boiling, Roasting & Jackets

4Pink Fir Apple 8 Maincrop 8 Great for Jackets & Salads
4Pomfine 8 First Early 8 Great for Salads

4Pompadour 8 Maincrop 8 Great for Salads
4Premiere 8 First Early 8 Floury 8 Great for New Potatoes & Chips
4Record 8 Maincrop
4Red Duke of York 8 First Early 8 Great for Jackets & Salads

4Remarko 8 Second Early 8 Great for Roasting & Mashing
4Rocket 8 First Early 8 Waxy 8 Great for New Potatoes, Jackets & Chips
4Romano 8 Maincrop 8 Floury 8 Great for Wedges, Roasting, Jackets & Boiling
4Rooster 8 Maincrop 8 Floury 8 Great for Mashing
4Rosabelle 8 First Early 8 Great for Salads
4Roseval 8 Second Early 8 Great for Salads

4Salad Blue
4Sante 8 Maincrop 8 Floury 8 Great for Chips, Mashing & Roasting
4Sarpo Mira 8 Maincrop 8 Great for Boiling, Mashing, Salads & Jacket

4Saxon 8 Second Early 8 Waxy 8 Great for Mashing, Chips & Jackets
4Sharpes Express 8 First Early
4Stemster 8 Maincrop 8 Great for Boiling, Roasting, Mashing, Chips & Jackets

4Swift 8 First Early 8 Great for Jackets, Salads, Chips & Roasting
4Ulster Chieftain 8 First Early 8 Great for Roasting & Salads
4Valor 8 Second Early 8 Great for Roasting & Chips
4Vanessa 8 First Early 8 Great for Jackets

4Wilja 8 Second Early 8 Waxy 8 Great for Mashing, Roasting, Salads & Jackets
4Winston 8 First Early 8 Great for Jackets, Mashing & Chips
4Yukon Gold 8 Second Early 8 Great for Chips

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