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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bonkers! Bring the flouryness, and only the flouryness!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a go with Markies, Sue. You'll probably like them. If you're coming south, I'll let you have a few (but don't come specially!)
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just ate my first Maris Peers. Disappointed. Quite waxy and watery. Definitely not as nice as the Marabels I've been eating thus far. Will try and roast them over next few days. Held together well when boiling but not an eating pleasure. Live and learn.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I may have been wrong on the Maris Peers - took a few out of the ground last week, about 3 weeks after the bunch I had previously eaten and they were delicious, maybe they just needed a bit of time to dewax

In the meantime Desiree were also good - I found them less waxy and more flowery, maybe I'm saving the best till last. The few maris pipers I did have about two weeks ago weren't really ready yet. Hopefully they'll steal the show.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gautama wrote:
mange tout wrote:
Despite being planted earlier, my early spuds are much smaller plants above ground now than my second earlies or main crop ones. Is this normal?


It's not uncommon. Size would depend on variety, length of time in the ground, weather conditions and time of year.

mange tout wrote:
Do you ever really have to water spuds or do they benefit from it?

Size of potatoes and harvest benefit greatly from watering. I can't remember the figure but it's considerable. Joy Larson covers it in "Grow Your Own Vegetables"

mange tout wrote:
Finally, for baby spuds do you just pull them up early?


Yes.

Just a point maybe worth making, terms such as "earlies", "maincrop", etc refer to the amount of time the plant needs for the tubers to mature, rather than when to plant them. Foremost is an early variety because it'll crop after 8 weeks or thereabouts. Golden Wonder is a late maincrop because it'll still be producing tubers after 16 weeks.


If you plant your Foremost and GWs on the same day, the former will be mature in eight weeks or so, the latter in 16 weeks or so. This is regardless of whether they're planted in early March or late May (weather conditions permitting).

The handy thing about all this, is that if you want fresh potatoes for as long as possible, plant your first earlies, second earlies, early maincrop, maincrop and late maincrop on the same day then you'll have potatoes after 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 weeks.

The tubers that mature fast don't keep. Because of this and their availability we eat them fresh and fast. The tubers that mature slowly do keep so we save them for last and also store them.

What I'd like to know is, earlies tend to be waxy and maincrop tend to be floury. Golden Wonder, the flouriest of them all, is a "late maincrop". Seems that with increased age is reduced moisture content.


Very useful information and observations here worth quoting again, think I only really got it all reading it the second time
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