Monday, 17 July 2017

Not Bad For a Newby



I always resist digging up any potatoes until July,  having years ago dug a row that provided only enough for a single family meal.  This year I stuck to my principles, especially given the long dry April and half of May.  So imagine my surprise when this specimen saw the light of day in the first week of July  That's 12 1/2 oz (352g) of Epicure potato and this was not the only one around that size.  The downside with these larger tubers was that there was some hollow centre, which the books confirm is caused by wet weather after dry weather.    There are plenty of not so giant tubers which are unaffected.  The later sown maincrop is now about 4ft high (see below) and I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be a bumper year for spuds.




(No one mention the b word)


Monster Veg

4 comments:

  1. At least our potatoes shouldn't be hollow then as we haven't had the wet bit.

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    1. They seem to have a way of extracting moisture from the driest soil!

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  2. So far our potatoes have been completely slug free. Don't think they have had enough rain to produce a bumper crop but pest free will do me. Never tried Epicure. Might have to give them a go next year.

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    1. Do try Epicure. They are known as the Ayrshire potato and sure enough while driving over there recently I was heartened to see a sign in a field "Epicures for Sale". Frost resistance is one feature. Another is deep eyes. Along with Ballydoon they are our favourite early potato.

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