The Shed has acquired an allotment and needs a few new pages for the Filofacts, starting with this useful list of potatoes suitable for home growing, offered by John Hiorns in Teleg 18.1.14 …
Casablanca: A new, multi-purpose, early potato with smooth white skin, shallow eyes and creamy flesh. Rapidly becoming the exhibitor’s favourite, it’s good to chip, bake or boil. Excellent resistance to blackleg; is said to crop just 62 days after planting.
Charlotte: A popular salad variety; the pear-shaped, yellowskinned waxy potatoes with a creamy yellow flesh are delicious hot or cold. Easy to grow in a wide range of soils, it has some resistance to scab and a good resistance to blight.
International Kidney AGM: This heritage potato has a delicious buttery flavour – excellent boiled or as an early salad potato. It is widely sold as a new potato but can also be grown as a maincrop, producing large, floury tubers.
Pink Fir Apple AGM: A heritage salad potato, this late maincrop potato has knobbly pink-skinned tubers of butter yellow, waxy flesh. An unusual potato that’s great as a salad but also makes delicious chips – with a single tuber per chip!
Rocket: A heavy cropper with pure white flesh, waxy and soft. I have heard many comments from people delighted by the earliness, ease of culture and size of crop. It also has good all-round disease resistance, including golden eelworm.
Swift: One of the earliest croppers, you can dish these up seven weeks after planting. They produce a high yield of white-skinned, oval potatoes with creamy flesh; ideal for boiling. Compact growers, they are ideal for containers, and show good resistance to scab and virus.
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