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Carl's Allotment Blog
Friday, 22 October 2010
Thoughts turn to next season
Mood:  happy
Topic: Seed
It was an exciting evening. Two and a half hours spent perusing the potato and seed catalogue that arrived from the Allotment Holders Association. It's very tempting to want to grow everything isn't it? We're certainly going to give quite a bit of new stuff a 'go' next season. Included in the new tastes on the Allotment will be Pak Choi, Turks Turban squashes, beefsteak tomatoes, celery, turnips, chillis, cucumbers and a whole bundle more. Adding up the number of seed packets we've ordered came to 78!! But that is for both allotment and garden, and does include quite a few flower seeds! It's been a long held wish to have a cut fower area on the allotment, and we've just created a space where next season we hope for a riot of colour. Having had a lousy maincrop King Edward harvest, we've decided to try small amounts of 5 varieties of potato next year. Unfortunately we won't be growing a variety of potato called Gala that we fell in love with on holiday in Germany.  I emailed the growers in Germany, and the marketing chap was on the phone to me, explaining that despite being sold in various countries including the United States, trying to get their spuds into the UK with all our regulations, (and I suspect stout protection of our own seed potato industry), is a very difficult business. Which is a great shame as Gala is a particularly delicious eat. But we'll trial a few in each part of the year and see what gives us the best yield and taste. Now back to those seed packets... I reckon we're going to need a pretty good written sowing and planting plan. Best get on with it.


Posted by Carl at 08:10 BST
Updated: Monday, 1 November 2010 12:30 BST
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