This year I am planting a lot of earlies. Thank heavens that I decided to plant them towards the end of March rather than the beginning. There is still a covering of snow and the ground is frozen. All the potatoes are chitting in the greenhouse and I am not worried about whether I can get them through this cold spell. I will plant them as soon as the ground thaws. It is looking more like the end of the first week in April. I will plant both earlies and second earlies at the same time.
I am sure that I have listed the potatoes I am going to use this year but I can't find it.
These are the ones that are chitting:
Red Duke of York
and second early Kestrel.
The earlies are going in the old allotment and I will need about 30 plants of each. The Kestrel potatoes are going in the new allotment and I will have about 120 plants. The potato bed on the old allotment has not been properly prepared yet and there is manure that needs to be dug in. I will definitely do this with the Mantis Tiller now.
Although the wind is bitter, the ground is thawing a little so maybe planting towards the end of the week might be possible.
Spent some of this afternoon washing plant labels. I will have even more when I clear out the greenhouse. I'm not sure but I think that I have lost a lot of tomatoes and peppers.