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In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.

Monday, 30 April 2012

First sighting of potatoes

The first of my first earlies are just showing - this is very exciting!

Leaves of first early potatoes, just breaking through the soil

These must be the Red Duke of Yorks as the leaves are distinctly purple, and the other first earlies I planted, Foremost, are white. I got the first earlies in after St Patrick's Day (17th March) but before Good Friday (6th April) and the maincrop (Desiree) not long after Easter.

You don't have to plant the earlies before the maincrop - the classification refers to how long they take to grow, not when to plant them - but I thought I might as well plant them in that order. Now I just need to find some patience while I wait until they're ready to dig up.

1 comment:

  1. I paddled my way to the allotment yesterday and my Red Duke of Yorks are just coming up too.

    I planted some salad under cloches but some volunteers from last year (Forty fold and Vitellotte ?sp) have grown like mad under them too, so I'm hoping for a few really early potatoes.


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