The potato harvests are coming in thick and fast now and I just can’t get enough of the taste, you really can’t beat homegrown new potatoes, especially when they are lathered with butter! I’m currently half way through one row of International Kidney potatoes and so far I have been pleased with the results. Last year the harvests weren’t very big and I was having to pull up three plants just for enough potatoes to serve 4 people. Not that the harvest is overly huge this year but the yeild is still greater than the previous year and that’s all that counts, it must have been all the manure that I added to the trenches and the good old faithful crop rotation adding much needed nutrients into the soil. We served this little bundle of jersey royals up at the family barbeque and they were delicious, I also remembered to take a hessian bag up the allotment with me this time to carry the precious cargo home!
Potatoes weren’t the only things I managed to get that day, I was lucky enough to be offered a beautiful cold frame that was on an abandoned plot down the bottom of the site. I have had my eye on it for the past few months and was given the go ahead to pick it up at the weekend, I was over the moon! It’s a rather large, handmade cold frame made up of old metal windows. It was also very heavy and took a good half an hour to move it from one end of the site to the other. It was a struggle getting it up those narrow paths to say the least and my plot just so happens to be right at the back, but it was totally worth it. Not that I have room for it! It just means however, that I am going to have to rearrange the new flower meadow to make room for it, but hopefully it will extend my growing season a little… and plus it looks mighty pretty too 🙂