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  • in reply to: Potato Day 2018 – what varieties would you like to buy? #7237

    Attached is the list of varieties which will be on sale on February 10th at Potato Day. Thanks for the comments. We tried to accommodate your wishes but it was not always possible.

    in reply to: Potato Day 2018 – what varieties would you like to buy? #7216

    Question: I asked for Colleen ( 1E I think ) to be included. Does anyone know how well it sold last year? It has potentially great breeding characteristics.

    In answer: Colleen was “nearly sold out” at 12.35 last year and will definitely be on the list this.

    (posted on behalf of Martin and Peter)

    in reply to: Potato Day 2018 – what varieties would you like to buy? #7215

    PS. If you want to look at the descriptions of each variety, most are on the Potato Day page of this website. Failing that, Skea varieties can be found at, while WCF can be found at

    in reply to: Potato Day 2018 – what varieties would you like to buy? #7213

    Thanks for all the comments. It’s about time to wrap this up for the year so the order can be placed. Attached is a table summarising varieties which sold badly last year, suggestions received for next year and possible varieties new to us for 2018 together with proposed changes in the last column.

    Any final thoughts would be welcome. Last year’s list is attached to the first entry on this forum.

    in reply to: Potato Day 2018 – what varieties would you like to buy? #7212

    Sorry, am away on holiday then. There is one spud that I grew this season “Carolus”, marketed by Leary’s Organic Seeds.

    It is really blight-proof! and produced an excellent harvest of top quality, tasty spuds. I will be growing it again and would definately recommend it. It’s a maincrop and kept growing til September with no sign of blight.

    (Posted on behalf of Pennine Botanicals Denholme)


    Thanks all for the comments. I’ve tried to accommodate as many of them as possible. The draft list is attached for any final thoughts.


    Good point, Clive. I’ve been in touch with Skea and attach their list of available varieties below.

    in reply to: Relevant info on the website #6322

    Here is an interesting example which arrived today. These are the people who used to come to the show selling copper tools. Do you think it’s suitable for our website? I seem to have lost the links in copying it across but their catalogue can be found at

    Spring 2016 newsletter


    Dear gardener

    Welcome to our twice-yearly newsletter.

    The longer days, young leaves on the trees and the new growth in the garden tell us that spring is here. But the weather still feels like winter in the centre of England where we live. It’s so cold!

    Part of the philosophy with the tools is to work with Nature rather than against it. To that end, I looked out for what grows naturally in this area – and brought some of the bits I want into the garden. Wild garlic, ransoms thrive in the hedgerows and stream banks around here. A few years ago I planted some bulbs on the north-facing side of a hedge. This year they evidently decided they like it and have taken off. The leaves and flowers add a zing to salads and they look lovely too.


    Here they are, keeping the nettles out (we keep a few of those, for the insects) and next to the Babington leek, a native British onion.

    No dig gardening

    Another practitioner of the minimum interference approach is Charles Dowding, the champion of no-dig gardening. He has been a longstanding user of our tools. His favourites are the Hydra Hoe and the Castor Trowel. We are happy to offer readers of this newsletter a 10% discount on his no-dig gardening courses at his smallholding in Somerset. Go to his website and enter the promotional code coppernodig. This offer is valid until the end of May.


    2016 is the year when Nigel and I stop doing shows. But the shiny new tools will still have their days out. Two of our resellers in particular will have a busy summer this year. You can find the complete diary of their events at the bottom of our stockists page. You will also see on that page that the number of resellers is growing too.

    Kindle edition

    Our booklet telling the story of the tools is now available on Kindle at 99p.

    We have added a new chapter, ‘Copper or Bronze?’ to try to clear up the confusion between those two words.

    If you would like it uploaded to another e-book format, please let us know.
    2015 Christmas Gift

    Every year we ask our customers to nominate a charitable or community venture that they feel would make good use of our tools. The recipient last year was Gerddi Bro Ddyfi Gardens in Machynlleth, mid-Wales.
    taurus 3-claw

    They chose a Taurus 3-claw and a Spika Weeder.

    We wish all at Gerddi Bro Ddyfi a successful season.
    New tools?

    Not this season, I’m afraid. PKS in Austria have been so busy coping with existing demand that any new tool projects have gone to the end of the ‘to-do’ list. There are a couple of ideas in the pipeline, which we hope to be able to introduce later in the year. We want to continue expanding the range however, so if you have a favourite tool that you would like to see made in bronze please email your suggestion, preferably with an image.

    Wishing you a rewarding and productive 2016, whatever the weather.

    Warm greetings from

    Jane and Nigel

    in reply to: Relevant info on the website #6321

    I think we discussed a similar issue a while ago. I seem to recall it was a campaign of some sort. We decided at the time that if it was directly related to our activities, ie growing, local growing, organics, etc, it was suitable for the website and the member should put it up there. Tony would help but it would be the members responsibility. If on the other hand, it didn’t meet any of these criteria, but the member felt it was important, they could still circulate it to the committee.

    So a bee campaign, or GO’s recent news on glyphosate, would be OK but disaster appeals or political campaigns would not.

    Is this sufficient or do we need to agree a policy?


    Potato day 2016.

    Here is the list of varieties which will be on sale at Potato Day 2016.
    Organically grown varieties shown in capitals. Early main (EM) or Late Main (LM) shown on maincrops where known. All varieties in 25kg sacks unless stated.

    1st Earlies:

    Skea non-organics: None.
    WCF: Duke of York, Lady Christl, Pentland Javelin, Red Duke of York, Rocket, Sharpe’s Express, Swift, Winston.

    2nd Earlies:

    Skea organics: BRITISH QUEEN, CHARLOTTE (3 sacks), MARIS PEER.
    Skea non-organics: None.
    WCF: Jazzy (8x2kg), Kestrel, Nadine, Osprey (8x2kg), Vivaldi (8x2kg).
    Sarpo: Sarpo Una.


    Skea non-organics: Highland Burgundy Red, Salad Blue, Shetland Black.
    WCF: Apache (EM) (8x2kg); International Kidney (EM); Kerr’s Pink (LM); Maris Piper (EM); (Organic) NICOLA (EM); Pink Fir Apple (LM) (2 sacks?); Rooster (LM) (8x2kg).
    Sarpo: Axona (LM), Blue Danube (EM), Kifli (EM).

    That comes to a total of 41 varieties: 14 Skea organics, 3 Skea non-organics, 4 Sarpo, 20 WCF (1 organic).


    Thanks for all the comments. I’ve tried to incorporate as many as possible bearing in mind the need to replace varieties that didn’t sell well last year.

    Proposed changes:

    Cara replaces Picasso
    Kerr’s Pink replaces King Edward
    Pentland Javelin replaces Home Guard (not available from Skea or WCF)
    Swift replaces Foremost
    Nadine replaces Wilja
    Linda replaces Valor

    Any further comments gratefully received before the final order goes in.

    in reply to: Organic Manure #6198

    I did look at that as I was thinking about it for a hot box, they do sell manure from the stables but they don’t claim to be organic on their web site. I was going to find out about delivery to Shipley so can ask about organic is no one else knows,

    in reply to: Organic Manure #6197

    Hello all
    This is the place – Roleystone Horse Sanctuary, 21 Wrose Grove, BD2 1PG

    in reply to: Organic Manure #6196

    The manure from the Roleystone Horse project in Wrose isn’t ‘organic’ but is aminopyralid free – they make a point of telling you that when you get your manure. Some of the beds in the top of Val’s garden had some manure from them a few years ago. I don’t know about the Menston roundabout site but even if the hay is ‘organic’, the feed and grassland management may well not be – there might be an organic equestrian centre on the SA website perhaps.


    in reply to: Organic Manure #6195

    Hannah used to work at Acrecliffe. I am not aware of any suggestion that it is in any way organic. There are few, if any, chemical inputs apparent, however. It is simply composted horse droppings, straw & sawdust cleaned out of the stables on a regular basis. There’s a mountain of it, I’ve had tonnes which I collect for free. They do deliver trailer loads at a cost I cannot remember.


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