We took delivery of our seed potatoes earlier this week and Matt has prepared an information sheet... time to get chitting!
SEED POTATOES 2016
All varieties are sold loose so it’s best to order in numbers of tubers. Work out the length of your rows in feet and allow a tuber a foot for earlies and about 15 inches for maincrop. All varieties are certified Scottish seed, and except Yukon Gold, organic. All are £1.60 kg
Casablanca. Unusual in that it’s not as waxy as most earlies. Take care with boiling as it may break up in the water but it’s good for mashing and roasting and has plenty of flavour.
Colleen. Popular, disease resistant and has a fine waxy texture.
Maris Bard. Good flavour and waxy texture; one of our best sellers in the shop.
SECOND EARLY AND SALAD VARIETIES
Charlotte. One of our best sellers. Hard to beat for flavour and cooking qualities, and can grow to a good size. Can sometimes break up when boiled, but when left to cool it develops a lovely waxy texture.
Yukon Gold. Poplar American variety. Rich flavour and excellent boiled and baked.
Orla. Can be dug as an early but bulks up well to produce good size bakers in August. Uniform, smooth and waxy. Good disease resistance.
Arran Victory. Our favourite Christmas variety. Very tasty, white floury flesh for the superb roasties and mash. Purple skins. Slow to mature and reputed to be susceptible to diseases, but I’ve always had good clean crops in Sheffield.
Cara. Popular and attractive variety. Very versatile generally and a good baker.
Desiree. Excellent flavour and firm yellow flesh. Very versatile in the kitchen.
Ambo. Slightly waxy. Modern disease resistant white with pink blotches good for boiling and baking. Bred from Desiree.
Setanta. Very tasty, round, slightly floury red. Not widely grown but one of the best roasters. Related to the excellent ‘Rooster’. Disease resistant.
Sarpo Mira. (pronounced sharpo) Super disease resistant red from Hungary. Floury, so good for mashing, roasting and fluffy bakers but can be tricky to boil.
*** ONION SETS
We get a lot of enquiries about these but the quality of organic ones tends to be rather poor. At the Sheffield Organic Growers site and Wortley Hall kitchen garden, we’ve had a lot of success with sowing two or three onion seeds in small modules, early in the spring, and planting out when the weather’s warmed up. It’s a bit of a fiddle but the bulbs grow strongly. Don’t forget we stock a wide range of vegetable seeds from ‘Tamar Organics’ and ‘Seeds of Italy’. Vegetable plants from Sheffield Organic Growers will be available in the spring and early summer; check the website in April and May for details.