Saturday January 28th
This year didnīt go to Rytonīs Potato Day, choosing to go to the Hampshire HDRAīs event instead. Itīs a bit closer to home, and was listing a lot more varieties than Ryton was. Chris went up, I went down :)
Very impressive displays and though theyīd not got the Royal Kidneys (ironically, Ryton did...) they had International Kidney so Iīm back with the original. Just hope to goodness we have a wetter summer so the waxys are waxy and not veering towards floury! Ended up with 70 tubers (ouch). Maincrops: 12 Sárpo Mira, 4 Picasso, 5 Ratte, 5 Pink Fir Apple, 6 Vitelotte (blue!) and 4 freebie Blue Moon (a new variety). Earlies: 8 Red Duke of York, 12 International kidney, 8 Kestrel. For pots: 3 Rocket and 3 Mimi. So mostly the same as last year with a few changes, ie Iīve swapped the so-so 2nd early Estima (which needs water to be waxy enough) for the early maincrop Picasso, which everyone on A4A thinks is incredibly prolific. Half as many again of Sarpo Mira (so we actually have enough for more than just Christmas!). Have cut down on the kidneys, as I didnīt use all of them and had a bagful of sprouts! And there were no Highland Burgundy Red or Salad Blue at either site, though the Vitelottes look fun (if small). Luckily Iīve got a couple of sprouting HB Reds that I unearthed from the depths of the understairs cupboard during yesterdayīs clearout so I can keep the strain going. Chris phoned halfway through the morning as Ryton didnīt have any Edzell Blue, so I was able to get her some. I also got a silly number of Enorma runner beans - half a pint for Ģ2 which turned out to be 136 beans! Got to have a chat with Phil who was coordinating things, and somehow ended up on the door collecting entrance fees for 3 hours! I was very glad to be wearing my gardening fleeces as it was freezing!