We have now harvested and stored all the early potatoes, (modern and heritage varieties).
- This season there has been no evidence of blight, because of the dry weather
- The potatoes reached a reasonable size, with only the heritage Sharpe’s Express (1900), showing signs of scab.
- Other potatoes suffered from some minor slug damage
- We used a combination of grass clippings/compost for earthing up, which helped to retain moisture in the long dry periods during the growing season
Freshly harvested potatoes on display in the photograph: Arran Pilot (white), Amorosa (Red), Ano (White) and Red Duke of York (Red) – clockwise from top left.
Of the main crop varieties, the Sarpo Axona (modern) and the Gloucester Black Kidney (heritage) are doing well so far, resisting blight. There will be a further update when these varieties have been lifted.
Look out for our display of modern and heritage potatoes in the Bothy, starting with the early varieties, with the main show taking place from 18th-31st October.