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THE TATTIES THREAD 2018

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by ARMANDII, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. HarryS

    HarryS Eternally Optimistic Gardener

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    Cheers @Scrungee :thumbsup: There is a Wyevale at Leyland . We walk Molly in winter up at Worden park, so I can nip in after the walk.
     
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      Thanks @Zigs , I'll get the first bus down tomorrow morning ( with Asda bag for life ) . Should be back home early Tuesday :snorky:
       
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        Kettles on and they sell Speckled Hen down here :coffee: :ccheers:
         
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          @Freddy I've grown it the last two years. Whilst blight wiped out all the other varieties Sarpo just had a few small blotches on its leaves - it didn't stop it growing, affect yield or taste. It has been my best yielder and taste is excellent. I had an enormous crop last year so still have quite a few in store, they are good keepers and don't break up when boiled. I am growing it again this year. The first year I grew them I left them in the ground until March, digging them up as needed, that worked well too.
           
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            Great John, just what I needed to know. I won’t be growing any veg this year, and haven’t done so for a few years, but do hope to get a plot in October. Looking ahead, you might say :thumbsup:
             
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              Wilkos PYO seed spuds seem to be worse value every year. They are now £3 for a small paper pag of just over a Litre capacity. I also checked at home [1] how much could fit in, and it was only 825g (10 seed spuds), making them an incredibly expensive £3.64/Kg.

              2Kg Nets of seed spuds are £2.75, £1.38/Kg at Wilkos. The PYO ones are an expensive rip off!


              [1] I wasn't foolish enough to buy any, I just 'borrowed' an empty bag for research purposes.
               
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                Thanks for that info Scrungee, did look at them today. Will be buying the Net bags. I have to say that I have always found Wilko much cheaper than Wyevale for all gardening products.
                 
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                  Wilko PYO seed potato prices are obviously being affected by both price and bag size inflation !! In 2017 they halved the size of the bags and this year they have doubled the cost of bags.

                  In 2016 their small bags originally held around 1.75Kg and cost £1.50, now they only hold 850g and cost £3.




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                  Probably around £1.70/Kg

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                  Think I'll check Wyevale PYO prices next week, I can remember theirs being more expensive than buying in nets, but handy if you want only a few tubers of several different varieties - I took some small plastic sandwich bags to separate them, putting loose ones on top.

                  N.B. Wyevale reduce their seed spuds, onions, garlic, flower tubers, etc. towards the end of April (found them reduced by 70% on Apr 26th last year, could have been knocked down a bit earlier than that).
                   
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                    I hear that seed potatoes are in at the garden centre near me which have a great selection. I was reading that your Sarpo Mira @JWK avoided most of the blight (most of my main crop got blight last year as it never stopped raining post end of June:wallbanging:) The garden centre have 6 different sarpo varieties to choose from, is it only Mira that is resistant to blight or all the varieties? Is Mira the best to choose or are the others just as good? Off to get my supplies hopefully tomorrow. The list is quite large, I hope I can find the room for all I want to grow......some of my herbaceous may have to make way for yummy new spuds!
                     
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                      All the Sarpo series of spuds have good blight resistance @silu - I think the others varieties are for different tastes and maybe an early type. I've only grown Mira so far, you can't go wrong with them :blue thumb:

                      My Sarpo Mira are storing really well so far, every weekend I get a few in for jackets or mash. Hopefully they will keep us going till at least easter at this rate.
                       
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                        Many thanks @JWK, my list of varieties to buy are growing arms and legs. We polished off all the potatoes I grew last year by about the end of October so want to grow more this year. There are some home grown veg which don't seem so much better than shop bought, my "historic" celery being 1 (ok but pretty much as shop bought) however home grown tomatoes potatoes and carrots are vastly superior even with their odd shapes and blemishes. I am not going to grow celery again...can you hear the loud cheers from my family?:) and not too sure whether I'll bother with parsnips either. I will however increase my cauliflower growing as they were way easier to grow than I thought they would be and were absolutely delicious.
                         
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                            Looks like Mira are "quite good":rolleyespink: bloooooody hell! Will definitely give them a go.
                             
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                            I've got one chittin under my chittin chicken :) :chicken:DSCI0001 (23).JPG
                             
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                              Went to Wilkos today , they have several varieties of seed potatoes but no Sarpo's . I'll have a drive to Wyevale in a week or so.
                               
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