First weekend of the year that's snow and ice free to get down to the plots and I'm completely full of a cold. Why couldn't this happen during the week so I could miss the ongoing farce of moving offices...?
So what to do in these circumstances? Turn to the catalogues of course, well web sites! First up for the year - and two weeks later than previous years - potatoes. I had great success with Sarpo Axona last year and the laughed in the face of blight, but to be honest they just don't taste very good. After much discussion with the wife as to our requirements we settled on Romeo for the main crop - supposedly an improvement on Rooster. Charlottes were a big hit with everyone in the family, and it's easy to see why they're so popular, so they made the list too. Pink Fir Apple are probably the tastiest potatoes I grow, and whilst probably not as popular with everyone else in the family, I do the ordering ;>)
Some browsing later the final order ended up as:
7.5kg - Majestic
7.5kg - Desiree
2kg - Pink Fir Apple
5kg - Charlotte
2.5kg - Romeo
7.5kg - King Edwards
Have I suddenly acquired a lot more land/gone more than a little over the top with me ordering? Well kind of, I order for my Dad and Grandad as well who have a lot more space than me and will be taking the vast majority of these.
All very traditional/popular I guess, but I guess there's a good reason why these are amongst the most popular potatoes. This year I've ordered from JBA Seed Potatoes, mainly because they offered a good range and had decent postal charge for 32kg of potatoes.