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Friday, December 2nd, 2016

 

Free* Potato Charlotte Growing Kit – Worth £22.76 ONLY £5.65

This Potato Growing Kit is the ultimate collection for all those who are passionate about their potatoes. Whether you are a keen gardener or a beginner, this collection compiles everything you’ll need. Kit will include the following items: 5 x Charlotte Potatoes tubers, 5 x 8lt Patio Planter Bag and 5 x packs of lucky dip Vegetable & Salad Seeds.

Buy it now Please note that this offer expires at midnight on Sunday 1st January 2017.

Seed potatoes at Dobies

Monday, January 11th, 2016

time to think about what potatoes you want to grow. If you don’t have a potato day near you then Dobies have a great range.
Commercial growers keep their seed potatoes in carefully controlled conditions and low temperatures for that are essential.
Chit your seed potatoes indoors away from frosts. Stand them up in a box or egg tray and in the light!

Seed Potatoes – Casablanca 1kg (Second Crop) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Bargain Patio Growing Kits £16.99

Seed Potatoes – Blight Tolerant Collection £10.99

Seed Potatoes – Sarpo Potato Kit £20.98

Seed Potatoes – Sarpo Mira 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Gemson 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Casablanca 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – King Edward 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Kestrel 1kg £3.99

4kg Seasons Medley £10.95

Seed Potatoes – Sarpo Kifli £7.49

Seed Potatoes – International Kidney 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Charlotte 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Valor 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Arran Pilot 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Second Cropping Collection £9.98

Seed Potatoes – Charlotte 1kg (Second Crop) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Gourmet Patio Growing Kit – Large £17.99

Seed Potatoes – Purple Majesty 1kg £4.49

Raised Bed Extension £24.99

Seed Potatoes – Sarpo Twin Pack £7.49

Seed Potatoes – Cara 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Patio Refill Pack £8.49

Seed Potatoes – Maris Peer 1kg (Late) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Sarpo Mira 1kg (Late Season) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Refill Pack £5.49

Seed Potatoes – Bargain Patio Growing Kit £9.99

Seed Potatoes – Winston 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Lady Christl £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Patio Starter Kit £9.99

Seed Potatoes – Maris Piper 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Pentland Javelin 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Nicola 1kg (Late) £4.99

Salad Potatoes Taster Collection £12.95

Seed Potatoes – Anya 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Swift 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Sarpo Potato Kit £12.99

Seed Potatoes – Pink Fir Apple 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Vivaldi 1kg (Late Season) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Desiree 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Rocket 1kg £3.99

Potato Fertiliser £12.99

Seed Potatoes – Gourmet Patio Refill Pack – Large £9.99

Seed Potatoes – Sarpo Axona £7.49

Seed Potatoes – Gourmet Patio Growing Kit – Small £12.99

Seed Potatoes – Red Duke of York 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Rooster 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Blue Danube 1Kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Maris Peer 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Vivaldi 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Beginner’s All Season Collection £12.99

Seed Potatoes – Patio Refill Pack £5.49

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Patio Starter Kit £16.99

Seed Potatoes – Smaller Garden Collection £8.99

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Refill Pack £8.49

Seed Potatoes – Foremost 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Axona 1kg £4.49

Seed potatoes from Suttons

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Not too late to order. Potato days going on around the country right now if you don’t want to order online.

The Potato Book by Alan Romans £16.99

Seed Potatoes – Anya 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Apache 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Arran Pilot 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Bargain Patio Growing Kit £9.99

Seed Potatoes – Bargain Patio Growing Kits £16.99

Seed Potatoes – Beginner’s All Season Collection £12.99

Seed Potatoes – Blight Tolerant Collection £8.99

Seed Potatoes – Bonnie 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Cara 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Casablanca 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Casablanca 1kg (Second Crop) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Charlotte 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Charlotte 1kg (Second Crop) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Desiree 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Foremost 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Gemson 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Gourmet Patio Growing Kit – Large £17.99

Seed Potatoes – Gourmet Patio Growing Kit – Small £12.99

Seed Potatoes – Gourmet Patio Refill Pack – Large £9.99

Seed Potatoes – International Kidney 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Kestrel 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – King Edward 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Lady Christl £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Patio Starter Kit £7.99

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Patio Starter Kit £13.99

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Refill Pack £6.49

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Refill Pack £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Maris Peer 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Maris Peer 1kg (Late) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Maris Piper 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Nicola 1kg (Late) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Patio Refill Pack £5.49

Seed Potatoes – Patio Refill Pack £8.49

Seed Potatoes – Pentland Javelin 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Pink Fir Apple 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Red Duke of York 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Rocket 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Rooster 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Sarpo Mira 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Smaller Garden Collection £8.99

Seed Potatoes – Swift 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Valor 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Vivaldi 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Vivaldi 1kg (Late Season) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Winston 1kg £3.99

UK potato days

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

A list of UK potato days!
brilliant list of potato days around the UK.
They’re starting to add in this years *The ones in green! Not many yet but there should be loads again!

Make sure you get along to one! They’re a brilliant place to go and buy your seed potatoes.
If you find out there’s one near you not listed then contact them!

Suttons potato list

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

This is a pretty impressive list of potatoes available at Suttons.
Plenty of choice no matter what sort of potatoes you want to grow and enjoy!

Seed Potatoes – Maris Peer 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Maris Piper 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Pentland Javelin 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Winston 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – King Edward 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Kestrel 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – International Kidney 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Valor 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Red Duke of York 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Rocket 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Swift 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Charlotte 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Arran Pilot 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Desiree 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Foremost 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Cara 1kg £3.99

Seed Potatoes – Pink Fir Apple 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Gemson 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Rooster 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Sarpo Mira 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Casablanca 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Bonnie 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Vivaldi 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Lady Christl £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Apache 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Anya 1kg £4.49

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Refill Pack £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Casablanca 1kg (Second Crop) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Maris Peer 1kg (Late) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Vivaldi 1kg (Late Season) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Nicola 1kg (Late) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Charlotte 1kg (Second Crop) £4.99

Seed Potatoes – Patio Refill Pack £5.49

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Refill Pack £6.49

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Patio Starter Kit £7.99

Seed Potatoes – Patio Refill Pack £8.49

Seed Potatoes – Blight Tolerant Collection £8.99

Seed Potatoes – Smaller Garden Collection £8.99

Seed Potatoes – Gourmet Patio Refill Pack – Large £9.99

Seed Potatoes – Bargain Patio Growing Kit £9.99

Seed Potatoes – Beginner’s All Season Collection £12.99

Seed Potatoes – Gourmet Patio Growing Kit – Small £12.99

Seed Potatoes – Late Season Patio Starter Kit £13.99

Seed Potatoes – Bargain Patio Growing Kits £16.99

Seed Potatoes – Gourmet Patio Growing Kit – Large £17.99

Thinking about potatoes

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

When it’s too wet and miserable to go out on the allotment then it’s nice to think about what you’re going to plant next year.

Some accessories you might find useful:


Potato Fork
 £36.99
The bayonet-shaped prongs of our traditional Potato Fork will help you to avoid damaging the potatoes when you lift them! It has a solid forged head and cap and ferrule socket for extra strength, four hardened and tempered prongs and an ash handle with T grip. Length 111cm (43).

Hessian Sacks
 £16.99
Store your potatoes and other crops in the traditional way – in a hessian sack. They’re robust enough to use time and time again, and have the advantage over plastic sacks that they let the contents breathe – helping to keep them in tip-top condition for much longer. Size 50 x 79cm (20 x 31), each sack will hold up to 25kg of potatoes.Pack of 10 hessian sacks.

Potato Harvesting Scoop
 £19.99
This handy tool from Burgon and Ball is a re-interpretation of the popular 19th Century potato ‘grate’. Made from stainless steel, the bar across the end of the tool prevents accidental stabbing of the potatoes, whilst the tines’ spacing and shape allows the crop to be sifted safely from the soil. Length approximately 50cm (20). Manufacturer’s 5 year guarantee.

Potato and Fruit Fertiliser
 £12.99
An organic based granular fertiliser with a high potash formula (in the form of Sulphate of Potash to promote superior flavour and colour), plus added Magnesium which is ideally suited to the needs of both potatoes and fruit crops. The granules ensure a slow release effect which will result in higher quality crops. N-P-K 7-5-12. 5kg.Note: Please order fertiliser with your potatoes as they will be packed and sent together.

3 Growtubs plus 3 Potato Buckets
 £38.90
Giant Potato Buckets – Grow a bumper crop of potatoes – even on a patio! Potato Buckets are the perfect size and shape (plant 2-3 tubers near the bottom and keep topping up the compost as they grow) and colour (absorbing the sun’s heat) to quickly produce a really heavy crop. Simply tip them out at the end of the season. Great for growing runner beans too. Height 40cm (153/4); diameter 40cm (153/4) & Growtubs – The Growtub is a complete growing unit with a built-in plant support system, reservoir and moisture retaining lid, which seals in water and helps keep the planter moist. A unique 3 cane support system can hold the heaviest and most abundant cropping plants, whilst its robust polypropylene construction ensures your Growtub stays in tip-top condition all year round. Diameter 28cm (11); height 23cm (9). Canes not included.

The Potato Book by Alan Romans
 £16.99
Gardening books are always a treasure as well as a great gardening resource. Sharing his ‘overwhelming enthusiasm for the humble spud’ and a lifetime’s experience in the seed potato industry, Alan Romans combines an engaging account of potato growing with an expert guide to over 150 potato varieties currently available and shows just how easy potatoes are to grow! It traces the history of the potato from its beginnings in South America to the development of variety breeding and explains all aspects of growing from choosing seed potatoes, planting and maintenance, to harvest, storage, and pests and diseases. 144 pages. 150 colour illustrations. Hardback.

I’m going to grow some potatoes in sacks again this year but have them nearest the water barrels on my plot. This will make it easier for me to water them. The potatoes are lovely from bags. I used muck and comfrey leaves last year in the bags and dropped a few potatoes in each sack and then added more manure. I think it worked well and I figured out that you can leave the sacks to dry out when the haulms die off and then you can store the spuds like that .. fold the bags over and they stay dry!

Harvesting potatoes

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Harvesting potatoesHarvesting potatoes -
The best bit of allotmenting is harvesting your crops and taking them home to eat and enjoy.
Harvesting potatoes is easy.
Ideally pick a day when it’s not raining as it makes it easier to get the potatoes out without getting covered in mud.
The tools you’ll need are a fork and a bucket.
Pick the plant you want to dig up and move the foliage so you can see the plant properly.
Once you see where the stems come out of the ground then look at putting the fork in about 15cm from the plant. Gently put in the fork and lift the soil. You can pull on the plant stems at the same time and this can help lift the plant out.
You should see potatoes. If your plants have very few potatoes on then leave the rest of that row for another few weeks.
Put the potatoes in the bucket – even the tiny ones. remove the plant foliage and put it on the compost heap.
Dig around with your hands if the soil is loose and easy to move. Take out the potatoes. Dig the area over carefully to find any ones hiding.
Take them in, wash and boil them up and serve with butter. Delicious.

When are potatoes ready to harvest?
12 weeks for first earlies and 16 weeks or so for main crops. Usually the flowers will have appeared and finished and then they’re ready to harvest.

Harvesting potatoes is a great task for children to help with. They will have fun spotting the potatoes hiding in the soil.

Tiny potatoes can be cooked still – for less time of course. They are a nuisance to wash though.

Harvesting sweet potatoes – Takes between 12 and 16 weeks before they have reached maturity. The plants will start to die back giving you the clue they are ready to be lifted from the ground. The sweet potatoes should be dug up before the first frosts or before excess rain which may cause them to rot in the ground. Lift and store in the same way as you would harvest potatoes.

How to harvest potatoes and other crops – an ebook to help you discover some useful hints and tips on getting the best harvest you can from your allotment.

Love potatoes?

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Love potatoes Do you love potatoes?
I’m itching to start digging up my news potatoes! This week! I will post photos I promise of my crop! In the mean time enjoy this little heart shaped spud!

Potatoes

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

My potatoes are looking good! The orla have flowers on already. They are an early main crop.
The red emalie and ambo are also early maincrops. The colleen are the first earlies and should be ready in about 2 weeks. I planted them all at the same time on the 17th April. Cara and golden wonder are main crop potatoes.

Potato blight

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Add plenty of well rotted manure to the soil to ensure you have a healthy soil. This is a good tip for almost everything you want to grow. Feed the soil, not the plants!

Only use proper potatoes sold as seed potatoes. Whilst ones from the supermarket will grow and you can get a good crop they are not guaranteed to be free from disease.
Try blight resistant varieties.
Attend and buy potatoes at potato days organised by good local garden centres. We go to the one in Hulme, Manchester. It is a great place to buy potatoes offering a good choice and value.

Plant where there is good ventilation. Don’t squeeze them into a tiny corner hidden behind fences. Let the air flow.
Plant them early (But protect against frost) so they get more growing time before blight becomes a risk.
Try seaweed solution as a spray for health.
Earth them up. It’ll help get you a better crop too!
Remove affected foliage from plants as soon as it appears.
Compost it – the spores can only live on living tissue, so bury it deep in your heap so it rots down quickly and completely.
Sign up to blightwatch.co.uk for news about blight.
If you are badly affected then remove all the foliage. The potatoes can stay in the ground for a couple more weeks but without the tops won’t really grow much more.
Throw away rotten potatoes from your stored supply. Go through every couple of weeks. A bad smell is a sign of soft mushy potatoes.