Before the rain moved in, our journey gardener Jenny came and helped me dig up three rows of Cara potato. Though it has been a wet year, we should have watered more, but we had to strike a balance between watering and not causing a bog effect or worst still creating a humid condition for blight. Though we were struck with blackleg on the King Edwards, the Cara stood up against it and thanks to a quick spraying of Bordeaux Mixture has gone to harvest. Next year, we will buy a flat tithed potato fork and that may save a few from being skewered.
|Cara potatoes 2012 in dry storage|
We are rethinking what potatoes to plant next year and may ditch Cara. Though they are uniform, the yield is not as high as in prior years. We may move to Kestrel potatoes but if you have any recommendations do let us know. Part of me would like to return to the heirloom variety Shetland Black which we grew in 2010, the beautiful potato from one row gave us a massive sack of medium sized potatoes but we will see.
|Potatoes getting the sack?|
The Cara's are already in use, they dried on the soil nicely after a threat of rain. By early evening they were in the house and Jenny took a few home for her tea along with a tray of Kale. You never go home empty handed, or with an empty stomach if you help us in the garden or house. We have scrubbed our Cara to chip in their skins for the ultimate test, a chip butty. There is nothing like homegrown potatoes for cooking.
|Scrubbed up well|
Our King Edwards attacked by blackleg had the final humilation last week when our washing machine on full spin decided to deposit a full bottle of vegetable oil on them. We discovered them an hour later. The hessian sack soaked up the oil, and though there were jokes that they were ready to fry, we have lost some of the small crop to rot as the oil soaked in. We flicked through the washing machine manual and there was no warning for potato related accidents in its pages, nevermind.
|Oiled King Edwards|