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Today was a quieter day at the allotment – we were sat in a cloud. This is a hazard of being on the side of a hill near the North Atlantic, we can often see sunshine out to sea but when the warm air is pushed up to the South Downs then we often sit in the resulting cloud. Not to be put off by the dim light and soggy weather I chose today to dig up some random volunteer potatoes that have been flowering through most of summer. These were delicious, and annoyingly, better than any red potato variety I have tried. If they prove to be blight resistant then I’ll continue to grow them.

I also picked the potato berries to see if I can grow these potatoes from seed, the unusual weather this summer has seen the potatoes flower for so long that they’ve actually fruited before dying back. Although the berries look like green tomatoes they are, like most of the plant, poisonous containing large amounts of solanine.  I’m eager to try and grow these from seed to see if I can avoid buying new tubers each year, obviously this is a lot more work and a lot more fun!

 

Harvested

Potato (Maincrop) - Volunteer Red Potatoes

Sown Outdoors

Spanish Black Radish

Sown Outdoors


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