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Re: Potato Weekend - Horticentre Overton
« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2015, 09:45:54 PM »

Wow! You're going to have some careful labelling to do Wonky!  Grin2:-)
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Re: Potato Weekend - Horticentre Overton
« Reply #21 on: February 12, 2015, 11:13:45 PM »

I keep a note book and will draw a plan of how they have been planted. There will be 6 rows with 3 varieties in each no labels required as I work from the plan.  CThUpD:-)
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« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2015, 12:33:06 PM »

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I keep a note book and will draw a plan of how they have been planted. There will be 6 rows with 3 varieties in each no labels required as I work from the plan.  CThUpD:-)

I see you've got that aspect of it covered then Wonky! DON'T lose your notebook whatever you do!  lol(1)
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Re: Potato Weekend - Horticentre Overton
« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2016, 01:36:13 PM »

This year's potato weekend is happening this coming weekend ie the 30th and 31st of January 2016. Again there will be over 50 varieties to choose from and all can be bought loose.

Onion sets, peas and beans are also available as well as everything else that a decent garden centre stocks.

Better get my planting plan done and see what I need to buy!  Grin2:-)
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Re: Potato Weekend - Horticentre Overton
« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2016, 09:56:49 PM »

Don't you go mixing your Aeron Purplr Stars with any inferior varieties will you?  :-)snigger
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Re: Potato Weekend - Horticentre Overton
« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2016, 02:31:09 PM »

Had a successful forage at the Horticentre on Saturday. So now parked on the back bedroom window sill and chitting are the following:

1st earlies - 5 of each type.
Red Duke of York
Sharpes Express
Ulster Prince
Accent

2nd earlies - 5 of each type
Estima
Blue Kestrel
Vivaldi
Innovator

Main crop - 4 of each type
King Edward
Picasso
Blue Belle
Majestic

Not as many as last year but it's a smaller patch of ground that they have to fit into this time around.

Also picked up a couple of bags of onion sets.
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Re: Potato Weekend - Horticentre Overton
« Reply #26 on: February 02, 2016, 01:01:39 PM »

I can't remember ever trying Accent, Innovator or Blue Belle. I'll be interested in your judgement on them later on Wonky!

I went through a phase of growing Picasso every season at one point - I liked them, they boil well, look good and crop quite heavy. They also store well. Of course a lot will depend on the soil they are grown in.

Here's what my old friend Ian Barbour of JBA seed potatoes says about them on his web-site:


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" Picasso seed potatoes produce tubers which are round-to-oval in shape, with smooth white skins and pink eyes. Picasso is now a popular variety for allotment growers due to its high disease resistance.

With Cara as one of its parents, Picasso has a great range of uses in the kitchen. A huge yielder and good storing variety."

He's pretty spot on usually - he's probably grown and eaten more spuds than most of us will ever see! He is the current generation of Jamieson Brothers of Annan (JBA) that was first started  in 1895 - that's a few generations back.

Was there a good crowd at the event Wonky? What variety of onion sets did you get?
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