Really perfectly lovely potatoes

At the Gardening Club that followed potato day, we unpacked our goody bag of potatoes, luckily not too many, so we should have room for some other veg on the plot after all. We decided to chit them as we had done before, that is,  all of us taking some potatoes home in a seed tray or egg box, and hopefully returning them to get planted once they had started to sprout. After a bit of time rummaging around in the shed, which needs tidying up (again), I remembered that I had just recently given all the egg boxes to a gardener who keeps chickens, to tidy the shed up a bit (which had not worked). Flummoxed by this, we broke for tea, and then had to retreat to the polytunnel to dodge a sudden rain shower, where I realised that we had a brilliant potato chitting spot right there, in the shape of an old apple store rescued from the tip and now sitting, unassumingly, in the corner of the polytunnel.

After our potato day education, we realised that we needed to know the name and the type (first early, main etc) of the potatoes, and that it was important that we didn’t muddle the potatoes up this time, as has happened every time in previous years. The apple store was an elegant solution; each variety of potato in its own drawer, neatly labelled in chalk. Just lovely. When all the potatoes were in their drawers, The whole group stood round the apple store and admired it for the deeply satisfying piece of work that is was. We have high hopes of our spuds this year.

For the rest of the session on the allotment this week, we were preparing our ‘no dig’ plot . . . by digging out the last of the couch grass. Seems rather contrary, but the stuff does just keep coming back, so I thought it was worth the effort. The no dig plot is a response to the difficulties some of the group members have with heavy work, plus the fact that the soil was so very dry in the spring and early summer last year, plus it was the result of a very inspirational trip to Charles Dowding’s Somerset market garden: check it out here

More on our adventure into no dig next time!


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