Thursday 28 November 2019

Christmas New Potatoes Progress.

Thought l would show you how the new spudatoes are growing.  The  haulm or foliage look very healthy and it's looking good for Christmas  dinner if not before.  It's  amazing what a microclimate is created with a bit of plastic.  God bless the polytunnel!

We recently  watched  Alan Titchmarsh harvesting new potatoes in the summer and placing them in an empty biscuit tin and replacing the tin lid and planting them in the allotment until Christmas.  Sounds a good idea.  Anybody had success with the biscuit tin new potatoes planting method?

I know quite  a few readers have veg plots and I thought I  would show you how the spuds are doing.  The shrub and perennials cuttings are also doing well and you can still see KALE growing in the right hand corner of the olde polytunnel.  There's only me who eats it.  All I get is pull a face and "me not like" when I mention or bring it into the kitchen.  Think I won't  bother growing it again.

So what you having with the new potatoes on Christmas day Dave?  We have decided to have striploin steak and a all day buffet, "help yourself" menu with dishes full of sprouts and carrots and pigs in blankets, home made sherry trifle, sausage rolls, just general buffet stuff.  No Turkey though.  I hate left overs.  So what will you be eating on Christmas day?  Anybody growing new potatoes at the moment?  The Brussels are nearly ready too.

30 comments:

  1. The spuds look very healthy. We have had problems here with potato blight in our plot in previous years so OH just grows a few in containers now. Haven't tried any for this time of year though. Too cold and wet here.

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  2. Thanks Jaycee. Sarpo Mira are worth trying. Hungarian potatoes with a good blight and slug tolerance. We normally plant Orla but this year we bought cheap seed potatoes from Lidl. We only grow earlies and I strim the tops off them if blight strikes. I like container growing and even grew potatoes on a windowsill when we lived in a flat. Purchasing the polytunnel made vegetables growing a lot easier and you can still garden on a rainy day.

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  3. I might have a pheasant. I bought one today to have Saturday night. I had one last weekend and got three meals off it. It cost me £4.25 this week, cheaper than last weeks £5. Pheasant and chipolatas and listen to the radio all day probably on Christmas Day and a bottle of red wine, Christmas pudding and a walk in the afternoon. No other plans.

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    1. Hi Rachel. Four Pounds twenty five sounds very reasonable. I like to go a walk on Christmas Day too. Radio is good because you can do other things while you're listening to it. Thanks.

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    2. I dislike Christmas tv and prefer the Christmas radio programmes on offer - plenty of variety, classical, pop, or light music or talk things. Thanks Dave.

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    3. Sounds great listening. I often watch the free music channels on satellite television and good old You Tube, mainly pre twenty first century. Radio is definitely the theatre of mind. Thanks Rachel.

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  4. As Christmas main course usually a filleted carp lightly fried in olive oil and butter. Accompanied by potatoes and veg in season. To drink probably a good Italian Prosecco.

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  5. Hi Gwil. Carp is popular in Poland on Christmas eve rather than Christmas day. Lidl are selling a magnum of Prosecco for 20 Euros. They should pay me or give me a job blogging for them. I like opening a malt like Dalwhinnie on Christmas Day.

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    1. Christmas tip: There's a drink called O'Brians Hurricane! No idea what's in it. But it must be the real McCoy. Costs an arm and a leg. Might try one at Xmas 😏⛈❄️.

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    2. Cocktail? Sounds good. Any other suggestions Gwil?

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    3. Not really Dave. It was the price grabbed my attention. €14.50
      There was one called sex on the beach for a fiver less. I gave that a miss too and settled for a Whisky Old Fashioned.

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    4. Hi Gwil. We bought a bottle of Glenlivet from Tesco's yesterday. Very reasonable: thirty Euros. I am looking forward to opening it.

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  6. Potatoes look like they are growing well, Dave. Four weeks still to go.

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  7. Hi Philip. Just a water every few days and I gave them a feed of Organic poultry manure a few weeks ago. Don't know whether to wait for flowers to form or just harvest them on Christmas Eve?

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  8. Trying not to think about Xmas day yet. Half the family will have a stuffed chook with Brussel sprouts and the other half will have fatty pork and greek salad. Viva la difference!

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    1. Hi LA. That's we have the all day buffet and everyone help themselves to what they want. Variety is the spice of life and all that. Thanks.

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  9. Why don't you grow chard instead. Even better than kale and no film on your teeth like spinach and no stem to take out like kale. I love chard.

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  10. Hi Joanne. We have grown Swiss Chard in the past. Still got leeks growing. Thanks for the tip,

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  11. Christmas TV and the build-up to it is a waste of time and money. I'm with Rachel, much preferring the offerings of radio.

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  12. Thanks for your comment Valerie. I must start listening to radio more.

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