An unexpected freebie; I stopped by the Community Hut on the allotment today and there was a bag of Shetland Black seed potatoes, with a note from the donor to the effect that his supplier had shipped him an extra bag in error.
To his credit, he also added a brief review of the potatoes in question, adding that they were excellent for baking or roasting in their jackets, but not so great for peeling and boiling, that they are not especially large potatoes, and that his intention was that those who may like to try them should take what they need ‘but on no account be greedy’. Half the bag had been claimed by the time I got to it and there were 21 tubers remaining, so I judged it reasonable to take 7 of them to plant a single 10’ row.
Reading up on them, I find that they’re a second early and can be planted in March or April, so I’ve got on and taken out a trench for them at the back of the plot in a bed that I had already earmarked for potatoes, and they’re in the ground under about 4-6" of soil. I’ll think about adding some sort of frost protection and/or mulch since they’ve gone in early, but it shouldn’t be needed this week.
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Potato 'Shetland Black' Tubers
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