Monday, 11 January 2016

Day 11 - Potatoes


A few days ago I realised I had made a big omission in my plans for growing this year .... I had no seed potatoes!!  

I was resigned to taking some money from the Sealed Pot Housekeeping Kitty and buying some.  Then I went to put back the potatoes in the large bag that we had been storing in the cool cupboard under the stairs.  The contents of the cupboard had been relocated to the spare bedroom while the cupboard was being  plaster-boarded and decorated ... while the potatoes were there in the warmer and lighter room, they had started chitting.


I picked out a few for immediate use, washed them, removed the chits and put them in the potato bag in the kitchen cupboard ... the rest are now back in the under-stairs cupboard but sitting in a couple of egg trays while the chits grow bigger and stronger.

Then this morning while I was out walking with the dogs I went to the Veggie Patch to get a turnip for this weeks soup,  and lo and behold there are potatoes growing in the top bed,  I obviously missed a few when I harvested last year.  It turns out we won't be as short of potatoes as I first thought :-)

Today is a No Spend Day

17 comments:

  1. My potatoes didn't do very well last year. But I have not been dismayed I too have used some that self chitte in the cupboard. Fingers crossed they do ok despite all this wet weather. I will try with some more self chitting or seed potatoes in the spring.

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    1. I'll see how these do. These were some of the last we harvested and they were the ones that did the best in our soil on the hillside, so hopefully they will do well again if they have acclimatised to our land.

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  2. Hi Sue,I don't grow potatoes so I add the peelings to my compost bays and every year up come the random plants.
    Last year we had 14 ks of nice clean tubers of many random kinds.
    Love the blogs and get lots of idea's keep up the good work......Jessica

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    1. It's good when this happens isn't it .... some of my Mum's best ever potatoes came from the compost bin on their allotment. I've tried a few times to replicate this by pushing a few potatoes into the bin on purpose ... but it's sods law nothing happens they just rotted away.

      Sometimes you can't tell nature what to do.

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  3. I had no idea that when potatoes sprout it is called chitting. You can tell what sort of gardener I am!

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    1. We all have to find out things for the first time at some point :-)

      Now you can continue to spread the word.

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    1. We don't eat lots of them but we do enjoy the ones we have. There's not many foods so complete, easy to cook and delicious with just a knob of butter :-)

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  5. I love the idea of them growing themselves in the compost heap, we might have to try that one! I am planning on getting earlies that will take me through to the main crops. Thanks for the inspiration Sue x

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    1. See my reply to Jessica above ... when I tried to replicate this it has never worked, I WILL keep trying though :-)

      I won't be buying anymore, the ones already growing in the Veggie Patch can be my earlies (if the frost doesn't kill them) and these chitting Estimas can be my main crop. I'll put off planting them out for as long as I can.

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  6. The best potato crop we've ever had was when we planted some spuds that had been forgotten about and had merrily chitted in the shed. We decided to plant them as an experiment.....they were brilliant.....and basically free!

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    1. And yet all the gardening books say don't plant supermarket spuds they won't grow as well as seed potatoes, I think we can all prove that this is not the case!!

      Frugal veggie growing .... my favourite kind :-)

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  7. Just found this Sue, I love a good challenge and will follow it with interest. The most important thing with a challenge is that you are both on board. Lucky you to have lovely hubby joining in. I have been thinking of trying to go to a supermarket just once a month and then cutting it down even more. We have a veg box, milk and eggs delivered and an independent fruit shop on my way to work so fresh stuff is covered. As long as I buy enough wine to cover the month the bearded one will be happy.......mmmm I feel a challenge coming on. Your tips on freezing cheese and butter will make it easier. Thanks for the kick up the arse I needed :)

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    1. This whole Challenge has been Lovely Hubby's idea .... it's me that had to be dragged on board ;-)

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  8. I discovered a few small potatoes which I must've missed growing new plants over Christmas - fingers crossed the impending colder weather doesn't kill them off :)

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  9. I think mine I bought very cheaply before Christmas are doing the same thing. I have never grown potatoes, but these may well be the first ones , plain ole' russets though.

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  10. I cant wait for the day we can make the move back down south and have just a tiny bit of land to grow our own, its a bit difficult when you live mid terrace ooop north with four walls as your yard, maybe il give a few pots a go this summer x

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