I don't have very much patience. As soon as I saw other people harvesting their potatoes, I wanted to harvest mine too. What's nicer than that first harvest of home grown potatoes?
The first containers I planted up this year was on the 16th of March. They were started off in the greenhouse as the weather was so wet around this time, but unfortunately, they didn't seem to want to get going and it took them some time to sprout any foliage. These are a first early, Arran Pilot and as you can see, they never really recovered and I've even seen slugs clinging to the greenery.
I plant these buckets with three seed potatoes. These were the haulms I removed before emptying out the container, not very much to show at all.
Lack of foliage meant that I hadn't raised my expectations. Just as well as this was the total haul, just 85 grams.
They weren't going to feed us so I decided to empty another container. This one is Anya, a second early. It had a little more foliage, but there was still lots of bare soil where I'd expect to see more.
There were lots more potatoes in this second container than the first one, but they were very small. I don't think you can guage just how small they are in the photo, but in total they weighed 100 grams. I should have left this container as I'm sure they'd have increased in size had they had more time to grow.
I decided to empty one more container. Back to the Arran Pilot's again, this one was planted up on the 6th of April. I could already tell that the foliage was much better so I hoped that the yield would be better too.
Still not a huge haul, but weighing 410 grams, it was better than the previous two.
There were enough to go with our roast pork dinner last night and I can report that they were delicious. Those little ones were just the right size to pop straight in the mouth.
Now that I've satisfied my craving, I shall let the rest of the containers grow on before emptying any more out.
The strawberry harvest is going well though, there's plenty to pick on each visit to the plot and they taste scrummy.
Just in time for Wimbledon. (Only joking, I'm not a fan).
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