The seed potatoes I ordered back in July have arrived! This afternoon I took advantage of a clearing in the very changeable weather to bung ’em in the ground. We now have a little vegetable patch – very exciting. Here’s the patch cleared of weeds, bricks, bits of glass, syringes etc…
They’re all called Charlotte apparently. It turns out that they’re Scottish potatoes, so I probably should have left the bits of glass and syringes in, it might have made them feel more at home. I was amazed to find that they even have a passport. It says on the label, EC Plant Passport RP ZP-a6 ZP-d1. Who’d have thought it. Here they are, contemplating The Big Dive.
And finally, having taken the plunge.
The instructions are a little worrying. They tell me to build up the earth around the plants once they’ve come through, to protect the potatoes from going green through exposure to light. This is fine. Then it suggests wrapping them up in jumpers on chilly days, or at least putting straw around the shoots, to protect them from the cold. Charlotte is turning out to be rather high maintenance.
Watch this space, little potato plants to come!