• Wednesday, August 05th, 2009

Last week I started to harvest some of the potatoes which I planted back in March. This first harvest is of an early variety called Rocket, and I guess I should have been able to harvest them earlier, particulary since these potatoes are first earlies.

Rocket First Early Potatoes

Rocket First Early Potatoes

However it looks like the hot weather which we have had early on in the year was not so beneficial my tubers which did grow as quickly as expected or produce many potatoes. Or could it be that my clay soil is to be blamed for this shortfall?

In fact I am a bit disappointed with the amount of potatoes for the first line which I have dug up. You can see the amount in the picture here.

On the good news front this type of potato seems resistant to worms and looks prestine (with a nice yellow soft skin and white flesh). I will need a bit more time to make up my mind as to its taste, so far I would describe it as smooth (ie. not floury).

The next variety which I have yet to dig up is called Ratte. I will enjoy doing a comparison between the two varieties when I have got round to picking the next line of Ratte variety potatoes.

So there’s a lot more digging to be done with the reward of a constant supply of freshly cooked organic new potatoes.

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    Your tubers have a wonderful colour to them. This is my first year growing potatoes and I only received about a bucket full. I assumed since they all died down that it was time to dig them up. Somehow expected more than a bucket full, but the Yukon Gold’s are just wonderful tasting.

  2. I’ve only dug up my first earlies a few weeks ago, but the ones I am digging up now have a bit of scab on them – they were Pentland Javelin. The first ones didn’t have any. Last year I left them in for a lot longer, and they had that horrid white little worm thing in them, and loads of scab.
    Think that Soilman has just been singing the prises of Ratte on his blog!

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