These beauties were unearthed on Monday morning. All that rain early this year and lots of home made compost and fym from my bovine pals, gave us these fantastic 'Orla' spudatoes. I always grow the 'Orla' because they originate in Scotland and are less prone to blight unlike the Irish potatoes. They steam really well and don't go to mush like other varieties if you boil them.
This area is now planted up with swedes. I usually harvest them when they are the size of a tennis ball. The person who once said:
"small is beautiful."
Must have grown vegetables. Also if you pick them when they are fresh and cook them straight away. The sugars in the vegetable doesn't have enough time to turn to starches.
The cardboard (remove any sellotape) is used to make paths (lasagna gardening) and mulch the nettles. They say:
"Where nettles grow, anything will grow."
I know they love nitrogen and my potatoes grow well next to them. This vegetable plot never gets any chemicals applied to it. Just good old homemade compost and farmyard manure.