There really isn’t a lot that you can do in the garden when the weather is just rain and wind – all weekend.
However, we heard about a local potato day at the Eastington Community Orchard meeting this week. I will write a post about ECO soon. The potato day was held in the indoor shopping centre in Stroud – Merrywalks. This is run by Down to Earth Stroud, a local voluntary organisation that promote community gardening, vegetable growing and fruit exchanges. The potato day is a modest affair but a great place to buy small quantities of different spuds. It is definitely not as big as Mark’s potato day in Hampshire but it really suited our needs this year as we had already bought some seed potatoes. See the earlier post
The potatoes were either 20p each or 10 for £2 – compared to 10 for £2.99 in the garden centre. We picked 5 different varieties as a trial.
- Rocket – first early
- International Kidney – second early
- Kestrel – second early
- Vivaldi – also second early
- Sapro Mira – main crop
We already have Charlotte, Arran Pilot and Pink Fir Apple…. I think we have enough for this year now.
Next year we might have to check out the Dundry Potato Festival – we just missed it this year. It’s an annual event with over 150 different varieties on offer. I think we can find room for some oddities – Vitelotte has blue skin and pale blue flesh.
It might be wet and wild outside but there is still some garden magic happening – the rhubarb is forcing…