This year's potatoes, onions, shallots and garlicRSS feed

Posted: Monday 1 February, 2010

by Rosemary at 8:43pm in Growing 1 comment Comments closed

Our seed potatoes, onion and shallot sets and garlic arrived last week. I ordered them before we even thought about moving. As usual, I was surprised by the quantity I had ordered!

I've bought Vivaldi and Mimi as earlies to go in pots; Red Duke of York as a second early and Druid as the maincrop. We grew Druid last year and they were very good indeed.

This is the Druid "blurb" - "Very similar to Red Cara but a slightly later maturity. Short oval pink/red skinned with no white splashes, shallow eyes. Huge yields. Firm flesh does not disintegrate on cooking. Resistance to foliage blight, common scab and golden eelworm so ideal for the organic gardener." Also ideal for the "not very good gardener".

I've bought two garlic bulbs (Wight Cristo), which will be plenty, and 3 bags of "Picasso" shallots. We grew these last year, and they did well. We never have much luck with onions, so I've bought two mixed bags of white, brown and red onions - Red Baron, Snowball and ABS 101. In the two bags, there should be 100 - 150 sets, so that should yield, oh, about 20 onions.

Other then these, I'll just use up last year's seeds and start again next year in the new vegetable garden.


Jo Knight

Sunday 21 February, 2010 at 12:19pm

Dammit - haven't been able to find Druids, anywhere...! (especially frustrating as we live in Wales!!). Trefhedyn - our wonderful, local Garden Centre - is an absolute emporium; & has been holding a Seed Potatofest recently with over 75 varieties on offer. Alas, druid was not among them; will request they put it on the 'wish list' for next year as it sounds purrfick.

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