We have lambs…
And we have daffodils…
Did I mention we have lambs?
It must be spring soon!
Now I have been thinking about my potatoes. I have four varieties, as per usual, although my technique for selecting them has been a little different from usual. Normally I go to the garden centre and get one that can be harvested in time for Christmas, in 100 days from planting, then one that is due out in 110 days, then another in a 120 days and the last lot due out in 130 or 140, which satisfies my gardeners sense of order and control.
Then we would eat them in order – first out, first into our tummies. But then I accidently discovered last year that Ilam Hardy made awesome chips and when roasted, but a bit average when boiled and mashed. I just thought all potatoes were just one of those average staples in our diet that weren’t that special, but was a great filler for the bellies of growing boys. How wrong was I?
It turns out that each has their own special thing that make them magic. So this season I spent ages in the garden centre looking at the growing times – because it would seem I am a bit of a control freak in the garden, but also how best to cook them.
So I settled on Jersey Benne as my 1st Early – which are perfect new potatoes for Christmas and go for silly prices per kilo on Christmas Eve. These are a waxy potato, good for boiling, salads, casseroles, soups, and mashing that should take 90 – 100 days.
Then I chose for my 2nd Early / Main my favourite Ilam Hardy which are a floury potato, ideal for mashing, baking roasting, chips and wedges. Yummo! These should take 120 days ish.
And Karaka which are a great all round cooking potato with excellent flavour and a high yielder. I was drawn by the high yield bit. These can take about 140 days.
And finally as a Main Crop Agria which is also a high yielder and is a floury potato, suitable for boiling, mashing, baking, wedges, and great for chips.
And if they don’t work out for me then next year I will choose different ones. There are loads to choose from – I may need a bigger garden…
Come again soon – 11 days until it is official!
Sarah the Gardener : o )