Hello fellow Frugellers
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Disclaimer .... If you don't grow potatoes or tomatoes you will probably find this post boring
I finally managed to get all the potatoes up today. we don't grow a vast amount, just a few pink fir apples and a few maincrop. This year I grew from my own seed, which is not really a good idea, but I found twenty little Sarpo Miras potatoes in a bag under the stairs and thought "Why not?" So in they went next to a few pink fir apples. If you read an earlier post you will know that the PFAs got blight, but the SM looked to be free, as per the claims.
Here are the SM earlier this summer
And here is the blight-affected PFA with the SM next to them a little later.
And here is the first SM plant being lifted on Sunday.
As you can see the crop is VERY good. I have weighed the potatoes from each plant. They have ranged from 3 kilos to 7.50 kilos. The total crop was 102 kilos from 20 plants - an average of 5 kilos a plant. I planted the seed in two rows approx 5.5 feet apart with 18 inches between each seed.
As is usual there are a few that have been speared with the fork and a (very) few that have been slugged. I will proccess these this week. As I have quite a bit f fish I can feel fishcakes on the way!
You may remember that earlier this year I experimented with aspirin and willow water sprays on the tomatoes to deter blight. I can't tell you how successful this was as NONE of the tomatoes in this greenhouse have had blight, nor the smaller greenhouse in the front garden. Meanwhile the outside tomatoes are showing some signs. I will try again next year to assess with Aspirin and/or Willow water. Not very helpful really.
The tomato crop has also been good this year. After a week away there were lots to pick and sort through. Split ones to make puree/passata, really rubbish ones for the chickens and good ones to eat and sell. Today my friend, who was here for the day, picked ten kilos from the big greenhouse.We never went near the small greenhouse, which has a slightly later crop of Romas and Marmande. I'll do that tomorrow.
In the next post I will tell you what did badly!
Off to try to clean my nails out (yes I know I should wear gloves!) before I start the first of several baking sessions for the Civic Society events... thank heavens for freezers!
Until next time