Still no allotment work

As you can see, 201 is sitting comfortably under another blanket of snow. So while we can’t be doing much, we’re reflecting on what we will be doing when we get the chance. So, starting in reverse order, and as I’ve mentioned before, we had a terrible maincrop potato failure in 2009, mainly because we hadn’t had time to prepare the soil properly.

This year our maincrops are Cara: a white skinned potato that has pink eyes and a creamy coloured flesh. In texture they are ranked as waxy, which means they stay firm when cooked and keep well. They are good for boiling and very good for baking and are said to be slug resistant. They are a later Maincrop which suggests we’ll be harvesting closer to October than September, and like most later cropping varieties they will tend to be larger and therefore more suitable for baking, than earlier croppers.

We’re hoping, if the weather clears soon, to put plenty of manure and compost in our maincrop planting site, to enrich and break up the soil ready for the potatoes to be planted out, once they’re chitted, around early April.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, January 7, 2010


OpenID said...

the only good thing about this weather is it will clear any nasty bugs that are in the gardens/soil so we should all be starting with clean and healthy soil this spring....just think of how wet it's going to be once the thaw comes tho...oh the joy :-(

January 7, 2010 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

I haven't grown maincrop potatoes before, but have some on order for this year. I too am thinking about my preparations and intend to get some manure into the bed as soon as this weather lets up.

January 8, 2010 at 1:18 AM  

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