It’s that time of year again when the potatoes have to be purchased ready for chitting. So on Saturday morning me and my Dad headed off to our local independent nursery to pick the lucky little seeds!
We love Gilberts, it’s a beautiful independent nursery filled with flowers, seeds, trees… in fact it has everything a gardener needs (including a tearoom!) The best thing about Gilberts is how they sell the seed potatoes, there’s a whole aisle filled with lots of large hessian and brown bags full to the brim with so many different variety of potatoes. You choose the ones you want, fill a bag with however many you need and then pay by weight at the till. It’s ever so handy when you are like me and my Dad and plan exactly how many potatoes you need, it also saves buying bags of seed potatoes when you don’t know how many are actually in each bag!
This year my Dad is growing 56 Kestral potatoes, 56 Cara and 18 International Kidney. I’m also growing 18 International Kidney potatoes and 18 Charlotte as well.
After choosing the potatoes I grabbed another packet of sweet pea seeds, this time I thought I would give the perrenial variety a go. The Sweet peas will be growing up my archway every year so I thought why not! We also chose a packet of pumpkin seeds called ‘Atlantic Giant’ ready to sow next month for our little friendly competiton.
And last but not least, I couldn’t resist buying two of these absolutely beautiful double Primroses, aren’t they lovely? I’ll plant them down by the pond for a bit of colour during this very wet and miserable weather we are having!
I hope everyone had a great weekend x