Here are the rest of the seed potatoes in various stages of sprouting. Aside from the Tui Swift we’ve already planted, we have a mix of early and main varieties including Cliffs Kidney, Rocket, Ilam Hardy, Agria, Desiree, Rua and five varieties of Maori potatoes we got from the farmer’s market. Dave and Anne kindly donated some sprouting spuds from their kitchen so I’m not sure exactly what they are, but they look like good chippers – big and floury. If they work out I’ll have to make up a suitable name for them.
Potatoes have a way of telling you they are ready to plant – given some light (but not diresct sun) they sprout and by the time the sprouts are 10cm long they are usually ready to go in the ground. Usually you want to wait until the last frosts have visited before planting.
Luckily the local feed store sells sacks…I have a feeling we’ll be storing quite a few of the surplus spuds. Look out for a future post on root cellaring (or more likely, using a cold corner of the garage to store spuds).