Down on the Allotment

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

First New Potatoes

Another yardstick moment in the gardening calendar is the date you dig up your first new potatoes of the year. These International Kidney were planted in a compost bag in the greenhouse, especially for an early crop. These are quite a bit bigger than I had expected, so I will give my outdoor crop an exploratory dig tomorrow. June is one of the most productive times on the allotment, you can see my haul from today's foraging.
Bon appetite!

18 Comments:

At 11:11 PM, Blogger islandgardener said...

Congrats on your harvest!

 
At 11:22 PM, Blogger UKBob said...

I'm itching to dig up some new potatoes but the people at the big house are away at present so I can't really justify it. Yours look real beauties. Bob

 
At 2:27 AM, Blogger mlc said...

Yum. Interesting that your garden zone must be similar to ours here in the US. I have an English friend who was trying to get me to check my potatoes. I didn't find such nice fat ones, but I was afraid to dig around too much. He was telling me how he remembered buying yummy new potatoes in British markets.

 
At 3:38 AM, Anonymous kitsapFG said...

Those new potatoes look superior! Actually, the whole daily harvest looks quite yum! Good work Matron.

 
At 4:08 AM, OpenID flowergardengirl said...

Such unusual potatoes. Looks like you had a very healthy dinner. I'm jealous.

 
At 4:49 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

Those spuds look great. The ones I planted in compost bags are up and ready for some so called hilling. I wish I clued in earlier so I had some early spuds right now. Good thing there is always next year.

 
At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Karen said...

It all looks so healthy and delicious! Ooh, raspberries, I'm jealous. Not sure I will get any this year on the new plants, plus they are looking distressed due to the month of no rain here. I have to read up on what to do with the potatoes once they flower, I am starting to notice blooms and am hoping they will have set some nice spuds! Do you plant more now for fall harvest??

 
At 7:13 AM, Blogger Matron said...

Karen - There are a range of potatoes here from first earlies which take the least time to mature, to late maincrop which harvest around September/October. We don't ususally plant a second crop in the UK climate, but there is a way to try to grow some new potatoes for Christmas dinner! I might give that a try this year!

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger Vegetable Heaven said...

The difference in our temperatures from North to South is evident here. I don't even have flowers on my courgettes yet!

I've tried the Christmas potatoes. One year it was brilliant. The next we had a muggy autumn and blight struck. It's a chance you have to be prepared to take. When it works though, it's wonderful!

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger VP said...

You've got quite a dinner there Matron - you must be chuffed!

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Scarlett the Heavenly Healer said...

Fab potatoes! I am impatient for mine to be ready. Yours look great.
I love this time of year. At every trip to my plot there is a little more harvest to bring home, and plenty still to come.

 
At 3:43 PM, Blogger gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Everything looks delicious. I'm wondering if we may have some potatoes ready to dig, although they probably won't look as nice as yours.

 
At 1:42 PM, Anonymous CM from VA said...

You made my Friday, Matron! I will now sit here at my desk and type away while thinking of the luxurious meal you must have enjoyed yesterday!

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger mangocheeks said...

I am hoping to get my first lot of harvest tomorrow, I can't wait! but I think I may be a while away from the courgette.

What the purple veg beneth the broad bean, are they purple mangetout?

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger mangocheeks said...

Ah, just scanned down your blog page and noted that they are purple podded pea. How did they taste? Did they turn back to green on cooking?

 
At 6:14 PM, Blogger Matron said...

Mangocheeks (love that name!) - The peas inside the pod are green! It is only the pod that is purple!

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger Kanak Hagjer said...

The day's foraging yielded this?! I'm jealous!! What a spread! They all look so delicious!

Thank you for visiting my blog and I loved to see your comment. Will be back again. happy gardening!

 
At 2:21 PM, Blogger primrozie said...

I still have a way to go before I can harvest potatoes. We did get strawberries. They are first year plants. We've tried to remove all blossoms.

The swiss chard is wonderful. I can't wait for the zucchini. Our weather is not suitable for it yet. Lots of leaf and no blossom.

Raspberries are small and green.

 

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