Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Planting potatoes.

Having moved our lovely chickens out of their field into a new one, we ploughed half of their old field and planted potatoes into what should be good rich soil. For this we used our own tractor and an old second-hand sit-on planter, with Luke and Nathalie sat on the back feeding seed potatoes into chutes, as David drove very slowly up and down the field.

This year we have chosen just three potato varieties, and have simply planted seven sacks of each. Maris Peer, the lovely new potatoes that yield well here; Charlotte, a waxy salad potato; and Ambo, a yellowy-pinkish maincrop variety that stores well and resists slug and eelworm damage well (we have decided against Cosmos because of its susceptibility to these pests).

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