And yet more snow covers the allotment …

About two inches of fresh snow fell in the night, so instead of being able to tell you anything about our planting regime, I’ll talk a little about our Wilja potatoes which are sprouting nicely in their brown paper bag – a bit worrying really, as they will have sprouts like triffids by the time we can actually get them in the ground at this rate1

We chose Wilja because it’s a second early with a high yield. It also has a good even shape and after wrestling with Pink Fir Apple last year I really fancy a potato that isn’t quite so knobbly as it was a bit of a pain to dig and clean the Pink Fir to be honest.

Wilja is said to be a good fryer and boiler and also suitable for roasting, and it used to be grown, traditionally, on Romney Marsh which implies it doesn’t mind a bit of standing water and as our second earlies are going into the lowest part of the plot (which is currently under six inches of snow) we might have gambled on exactly the right variety for us this year! It also has good resistance to common scab and drought and is only moderately susceptible to blight. As it’s a second early, we’re happy to try it as the blight generally affects maincrops most.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Blogger Jo said...

I've just updated my blog with the potato varieties I will be growing this year. There's just so many to choose from that unless I get something fantastic I will probably try new varieties each year.

January 13, 2010 at 5:26 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Wow, blue potatoes? I don't think I could get my family to eat those, Jo. But I envy you your Jersey Royal/International Kidney - I wish I'd thought ahead to order some of those. I hope your weather improves fast so you can start your container plantings - we've had no luck with potatoes in pots so I shall watch your progress and hope to learn from it.

January 16, 2010 at 3:20 AM  

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