I’ve just returned home from the allotment. There were many people tending their plots this evening and we all commented on how dark it was getting at 7:30pm.
With the light fading I rushed to harvest some potatoes for dinner. In my no-dig beds I planted a few rows of potatoes. I harvested a 4ft row of the variety Sarpo Mira – a versatile red skinned potato which can be used to bake, mash, roast and chip.
The harvest was large with the average spud being more than enough for a jacket potato.
I planted these on March 17th, within the no-dig beds. I simply put the seed potatoes a few inches below the ground and let it grow. As summer progressed I earthed-up the potatoes with some compost and watered well. It surprises me how many gardeners, even experienced ones, don’t water their potatoes. They seem to believe they look after themselves but potatoes need water as much as anything else in the kitchen garden.
At home I popped the largest potato into the oven, wrapped in tinfoil. An hour later and out popped a beautiful home-grown, home-cooked potato. The knife gently glided through the thin skin and revealed a white fluffy texture that was just waiting for a generous nob of butter.
The Sarpo Mira potatoes will certainly grace my kitchen garden again next year. Not only does it have a beautiful texture, but the plant itself has a very high resistance to potato blight and has colourful pink flowers.