POTATOES

Yet another great result – my second early potatoes. I planted two kinds – Estima and Kestrel and out of the two Estima is much better.

A reminder for next year – Estima.

It was a boiling hot morning, I was glad I started early. I left them on the ground, the skins will dry and harden and I shall bag them tonight.

8.APRIL

It was a beautiful day today, just like a summer’s day so I decided to make a day of it. I made myself a flask of coffee, took a couple of slices of the bread I made yesterday, bottle of water and a banana and went to the allotment. I wanted to do a lot there and I think I managed. I finished sowing parsnips and carrots and also planted four rows of second early potatoes.

All this took quite a while, the ground was really dry and hard. I never thought I would be wishing for rain.

After a short break I continued with parsnip sowing – we shall have six lines of them. This year I took my time and sowed the seeds very slowly, fairly thinly so I wouldn’t need to thin the seedlings out. It worked and I made one packet of seeds go rather far. Then I did three more rows of carrots so all in all we shall have plenty of vegetables.

As the last job in the afternoon I decided to tackle the newly erected polytunnel.

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This was the sight that opened before me. Not very encouraging but everything is manageable.

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This is the better look, after turning the lawn-like surface over. The plan is to get to it tomorrow and clean out all the roots and clumps of grass, then spread a couple of sacks of horse muck, dig it in and wait for the right time to plant some cucumbers there.

THE HUMBLE SPUD

We can be quite sure that we’ll never go short of potatoes.

After getting the ground ready yesterday – drawing the furrows ready for planting today – all I had to do today was to put some sharp sand in the bottom of each furrow, then slug pellets and finally plant my potatoes.

My very first earlies are already growing in pots in the back garden – Swift and Rocket.

On the allotment I have:

Valor – late maincrop; Setanta – maincrop; Kestrel – second early and Ratte – early maincrop.

HERE WE GO!

I think spring is here – I hope it is, the dates are telling me but what do I know? I’m sure our climate is changing.

Anyway, I managed to prepare the ground yesterday for planting my first lot of potatoes – Kestrel, so today I went to the allotment with my 20 chitted spuds and a tape measure – this year I will do things by the rules. The book says 18 inches between rows of first earlies so 18 inches it is! It worked just right, I’ve got two rows of potatoes in the ground.

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This done, sowing beetroot, carrots and different radishes was next.

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The ground was not at all too wet, just right so I have high hopes for a decent harvest.

Onwards and upwards.