|Second Early Potato - Kestrel|
Friday, 16 December 2016
Well Thursday was back to normal for this December as Wednesday's sunshine disappeared to be replaced by dull, damp and murky conditions. The temperature is generally remaining above average and at the moment it looks like December might finish up milder than November. However, there's still plenty of time for things to change before the end of the year.
We've already started to think about our seed order for next year. I brought in a bucketful of potatoes from the garage for use over the next few weeks. They've been stored in potato sacks in the garage since some were lifted in the middle of August and the remainder towards the end of September.
This is one variety we will be growing again next year. It produced a good looking crop of decent sized potatoes which were almost free of slug damage. Slugs can devastate crops on our clayey soil. I've since read that Kestrel is considered to be one of the best varieties for slug resistance. What's more it tastes good too and we've found it good for both mash and chips but we've still to try some jacket potatoes.
Another decision is that we will be growing Casablanca as a first early. The remainder of the crop is to be decided.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:32