So, the last potatoes have been dug up and the onions and shallots pulled. Autumn is most definitely in the air and it’s the start of the preparation for the winter months.
It’s been our first full season on the plot and I think we’ve achieved a lot so far. Our main focus has been on getting most of the plot cleared, dug over, set out (including putting in loads of raised beds) and at least a range of things planted – with varying degrees of success!
On the plant front, the potatoes were my main focus and we ended up planting 6 varieties at various times, some of which have done really well, others have done not quite so well – very damp conditions with lots of blight flying around so i’m pleased with what we’ve achieved in what was by most accounts the worst year in memory for growing.
So, I made a record of the actual potato and onion weights with the soil weight (estimated) subtracted, for both the allotment and garden. Here’s the potato plan…
25.07.12 – 0.7 KG
09.08.12 – 2.3 KG
01.09.12 – 12.3 KG
23.09.12 – 2 KG
19.09.12 – 3.6 KG (full row)
23.09.12 – 3.5 KG (half a row)
29.09.12 – 3.1 KG (half row – 8th)
29.09.12 – 3.1 KG (7th row + half row – 8th)
Charlotte & Orla
29.09.12 – 5.2 KG (6th row) – Charlotte’s bigger and smoother
36 KG TOTAL potatoes from allotment (2012)!
Victoria (from potato bag in garden)
29.08.12 – 1.7 KG
Victoria (from raised bed at bottom of garden)
05.09.12 – 1.3 KG
39 KG TOTAL potatoes from allotment and garden (2012)!
White onions: 01.09.12 – 6 KG
Red onions: 01.09.12 – 1.6 KG
Shallots: 01.09.12 – 1.1 KG
8.7 KG TOTAL onions & shallots from allotment (2012)!
The Maris Peer variety yielded 5.2 KG per row, each of which measured 5 metres. I put in about 1.4 KG of seed potatoes (roughly 20 per row), which means a yield of 3.7 times what was planted.
The Charlotte and Remarka also did well, with the Remarka giving 3.1 KG from just a 2.5m half row! Charlottes were bigger but a bit less abundant.
So, Maris Peer seems to have been the most abundant type we tried and also taste great. They seem to have stood up to the very damp conditions well also.
So, 40KG of spuds isn’t a bad return and they should last well over the winter + are good for breaking up and preparing the soil for next seasons growing. This will be peas or beans and other legumes which will put back nutrients into the soil.