Next year’s allotment potatoes and onions

We’ve placed our order for seed potatoes, onions and shallots. In potatoes we chosen:

• Maris Bard: which is said to be a smooth white skinned variety and white flesh and the traditional new potato taste. A very early and heavy cropper with good drought resistance
• Wilja: this is our second early potato, it’s a heavy cropper with medium dry texture with a good frying colour and great for boiling
• Cara: which is a round and rather pink tuber especially round the eye areas. It’s a very good baking spud and withstands drought. The claim in that it’s highly disease resistant, including the dreaded and horrible blight.

Our shallots will be Golden Gourmet – a yellow shallot that is resistant to bolt and is said to store well through the winter and our onions are going to be Sturon – an early onion which should form medium sized globe-shaped with very good keeping qualities so it stores far into winter. The brochure says it offers good bolting resistance although bolting hasn’t been an issue for us so far.

This is a completely different set of varieties to the ones we grew this year and in part we’ve done that deliberately to see how different varieties compare on our soil. Our 2009 potatoes were:

• Accent – first early, highly productive – as shown in the photograph above!
• Pink Fir Apple – lovely salad potatoes, high cropping for us, but a bit of a fiddle to clean and prepare.
• Desiree – performed really badly for us, but that’s probably because our soil wasn’t as well prepared as we would have wished.

We don’t know what our shallots were - they were the tag end of a bag given to us by a neighbour, and we grew overwintering onions which we decided weren’t a great idea as although they are juicy and tasty, they don’t offer the same keeping qualities we’d like.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, September 28, 2009

5 Comments:

Blogger Linda said...

I'd recommend Sturon onions. We had a big crop of good sized onions, and none bolted. They look as it they'll keep sweetly too.

Pink Fir Apple potatoes were the bane of my life last year - never again! So fiddly to prepare.

September 28, 2009 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Tanya Walton said...

so what will you get all these things??? have you just ordered and they will be delivered to you next year?? I thought if they were bought now they wouldn't be much good to plant next season????

September 29, 2009 at 2:44 AM  
OpenID allotments4you.com said...

did i post a comment and it hasn't been approved...I thought I did...I will try this...sorry if I have!!!

September 29, 2009 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

I haven't even started thinking about next year's potatoes. I suppose I should though really if I want the varieties I choose to be in stock. I had quite a bit of slug damage this year, so I want to try different varieties to see how they cope.

September 30, 2009 at 5:38 AM  
Anonymous online writer jobs said...

white onion is also good for the combination of potato:)

October 27, 2011 at 7:36 AM  

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