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There are several varieties on sale. Which do people think are best for using in salads?  I've had Pentland Javelin but wasn't  keen.  To be grown in potato sacks. And when is the right time at start to chit?   Thanks for your opinions, Maggie


  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Mags I've brought back 2 threads about spuds that might interest you. Have a look in latest posts.

  • Well, done a few of these in my time...but for salads, I doubt if there are many to match Lady Christl.

  • Thanks David.  I will look out for those.  Mags

  • Good luck with them, Mags.....perhaps you may not see them in the GCs or shops, but I know T&M & Marshalls stock them.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    I've bought my seed spuds today. Only grow 1st Earlies, in tubs and sacks. Don't have room in my garden.

    Have bought Pentland Javelin which I find quite tasty and store well. Still have a few left from last year and they are fine. Will say we aren't huge potato eaters. I do think any you grow yourself taste bettter than shop ones.

    I've looked for Lady Christi, but not sold where I've been. I only want a very small bag so haven't even considered buying from stockists David told us about. Only need a bag of 12.

    For a change I've also bought a few Vales Emerald, has anyone grown these and what is your opinion?  If you don't rate them please say before I start to chit them.

    Ta for any feedback.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    I like to try a few different varieties each year but like Red Duke of York and Pentland Javelin as 1st earlies, I've also Wilja as a 2nd early again this year and am trying Mozart as a main. 

    Brother's favourites are Golden Wonder, Anna Bell, Maris Peer and Piccasso, he's asked me to get him some from the fair at the weekend not sure whether they are 1st, 2nd or main though.

    I've already started chitting, it's a bit early but if they are in the GC 's and shops now, if you wait to buy them, they tend to start growing in their bags whilst on the shelves.

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