November 5, 2014 at 10:00 am #5665
It’s that time again – forget Christmas – Potato Day 2015 is looming!
What varieties do you want this year?
Were there any you wanted last time but we couldn’t get?
What was your best spud of 2014?November 7, 2014 at 5:50 pm #5669
Around three years ago I had great success with a heritage variety second early called Edgecote Purple. I have looked for it without success everywhere last year and the year before. It would be great if you could get some of those. The flavour was great, no slug damage and fantastic roasters and bakers.
Best variety for me this year was Sharpe’s Express grown in a barrel at home. My maincrop Cara and Picasso were badly damaged by slugs.November 17, 2014 at 7:38 pm #5699
WYOG’s draft varieties list is as follows, a total of 45 varieties, which is more than is usually purchased, so some varieties need to be removed. Please post your comments. Is there anything you would like to add or, particularly, take away?
First Earlies: Arran Pilot, Duke of York, Foremost, Home Guard, Maris Bard, Pentland Javelin, Premiere, Red Duke of York, Rocket, Swift, Sharpe’s Express, Ulster Sceptre, Vales Emerald, Vanessa, Winston.
Second Earlies: Apache, British Queen, Catriona, Estima, Kestrel, Maris Peer, Nadine, Nicola, Sarpo Una, Saxon, Wilja
Salads: Charlotte, International Kidney, Nicola, Pink Fir Apple.
Maincrops: Axona, Blue Danube, Cara, Desiree, Kilfi, King Edward, Maris Piper, Picasso, Purple Majesty, Romano, Rooster, Rudolph, Sarpo Mira, Sarpo Shona, Valor.
(Sarpo varieties included above: Axona, Blue Danube, Kilfi, Mira, Shona, Una.)November 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm #5702
Charlotte and Pink Fir Apple definitely – it was great to get such nice Fir Apples this year after them being so rubbish for the previous few.
Red Duke of York always go down well.
What about Mr Little’s Yetholm Gypsy? Any sign of them this year? They’ve always done very well for me.November 18, 2014 at 12:28 pm #5703
OK for me.November 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm #5704
I always like to buy what looks good on the day, so I’m happy with whatever! I do like a good choice if 1st earlies – and there seems to be plenty there. So go with that unless we want to add in those suggested – Yetholme Gypsy and Edgecote Purple (I’ve never even heard of those last ones!) – though if they’re heritage, are they allowed to be sold?November 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm #5708
Sorry if this is confusing but the the draft list has been substantially updated to get more organically grown varieties in and to reduce the number of suppliers we order from to save delivery charges. We will be ordering from Skea Organics (both organic and non-organic varieties), WCF and Sarpo but no other suppliers.
Skea organics: MARIS BARD, CASABLANCA, COLLEEN, SHARPE’S EXPRESS.
Skea non-organics: Duke of York, Red Duke of York.
WCF: Rocket, Winston, Arran Pilot, Foremost, Homeguard.
Skea organics: CHARLOTTE (3bags), BRITISH QUEEN, MARIS PEER.
Skea non-organics: None.
WCF: Nicola, Kestrel, Apache, Osprey, Vivaldi, Wilja.
Sarpo: Sarpo Una.
Skea organics: CARA, DESIREE (3bags), GOLDEN WONDER, SARPO MIRA, RECORD, SETANTA.
Skea non-organics: Salad Blue, Highland Burgundy Red, Pink Fir Apple, Shetland Black, Valor.
WCF: Maris Piper, King Edward, Picasso, International Kidney, Kerrs Pink, Romano.
Sarpo: Kifli, Blue Danube, Axona, Sarpo Shona.
That comes to a total of 42 varieties: 13 Skea organics, 7 Skea non-organics, 5 Sarpo, 17 WCF.November 21, 2014 at 9:39 pm #5709
It’s a good selection for us. So far the most popular requests from our members have been for the Sarpos (especially Sarpo Mira), Charlotte and Red Duke of York – and Pink Fir Apples are always popular for us.
We will definitely buy:
Pink Fir Apple
Red Duke of York
We’re also likely to buy:
& 7 others
Varieties not on this list that we’ve been asked for are: Pentland Javelin, Rooster, Mayan Gold, Lady Christl and Anya. It’s understandable that you want to order from fewer suppliers though, and we’re happy to see more organic varieties on the list.November 23, 2014 at 6:24 pm #5710
Hi Growing Newsome,
If there are any varieties which you want but we are not planning to buy for ourselves, we will order it for you provided you want a full 25kg sack anf it can be supplied by Skea or WCF. Have a look at their websites.November 25, 2014 at 8:31 am #5717
I can’t wait to see John carrying the surplus home….November 25, 2014 at 11:54 am #5718
Spey is the only slug-resistant maincrop I’ve ever grown. Would be great if you cam get it, but doesn’t seem to be available these days. Has anyone had success with any others?
Nicola are brilliant as slug-resistant salad potatoesNovember 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm #5719
That seems like a pretty good listNovember 26, 2014 at 11:42 am #5720
List looks fine by me.November 30, 2014 at 10:51 am #5723
I like the new list as it includes Sharpe’s Express and British Queen. Any possibility of adding Ambo as a maincrop? I have heard good things about it, it is a Cara/Desiree cross. I believe Skea supply it. Sorry I didn’t think of it before. No worries if it is too late.December 14, 2014 at 4:57 pm #5735
I have waxed lyrically about my love of Belle fe Fontenay, (the potato). It is some years since I grew any, and my memory of their superb taste may be a figment of my imagination, so I shall purchase some separately, and grow them so that other members may taste them, to see if they’re worthy of inclusion on the list for 2016 and beyond. Apart from BdF the list looks perfect to me.
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