....I went to the allotment today to pick up some seed trays so that I could get some more seedlings started off in the utility room. I went down to the trading hut to say hello when Nigel asked me what potatoes I picked up yesterday, so I told him 3kg of Cara and 1kg of Pentland Javelins.
He then informs me that I have 3kg of Disiree!! Oh do I?? I can't remembered what I ordered way back then.
So they are now home and they have joined the chitting area in the corner of my room.
Desiree is the most popular red potato – it’s a main crop, dependable and a good all rounder. This red skinned, yellow-fleshed potato produces heavy crops, even in dry seasons. These have a waxy texture, excellent flavour and are great for baking and lovely mashed, it also stores well too.
Main Crop potatoes such as these can be planted in the south ( UK) during the first half of April; further north by late April - the actual time will depend on weather conditions. These potatoes should be planted in rows allowing about 30cm between tubers, and 75cm between rows.These potatoes can also be grown in a potato barrel or a patio potato planter. Remember, these give a heavier crop than the Earlies.