Thursday 15th October 2015 – Whoo they’re some large spuds you have there!!

A fabulous day spent on the allotment today, although I did have to pop home for a bit to get another large plastic box. If you’re sitting comfortably then I’ll begin. I started with something gentle, which is always a good way to start. I don’t want to pull any muscles gardening do I? I dug up the last of the Beetroot and found a few rogue Potatoes as well. Once this was done I then moved onto the first of the final 2 beds of Potatoes that I needed to dig up. There I was happily digging away and impressed when some very good sized potatoes appeared. Then all of a sudden I dug up one that was rather impressive. I was sure that it was the largest one I would find that day, I put it to one side. So let’s call this one “The small potato”. You may remember that my heaviest potato last year was 1lb 9.4oz, well this was heavier!!

This one weighs 1lb 11.7oz. But wait it gets better.

This one weighs 1lb 11.7oz. But wait it gets better.

Then up came another one!! I may have said some rather un ladylike words at this point. Just from sheer excitement. Well when you see it, you’ll understand. There were a few other plot holders on site, but I didn’t want to brag. I’m not that sort of person. This potato was longer than my entire hand!! This is my own “Personal Best”. That’ll take some beating next year.

Yes you are reading the scales correctly. It's 1lb 15.9oz!!

Yes you are reading the scales correctly. It’s 1lb 15.9oz!!

Once I’d calmed down from all the excitement I then went and harvested the remaining Pumpkins. I had already harvested 3 the other day and today I did the remaining 4. So if you know your adding up, that means I’ve got 7 in total. They’re all varying in size, and I’ve not weighed them yet, but will do that tomorrow and report back to you. I tried to carry the heaviest and another one to the car, but even me being as strong as I am couldn’t manage that. They’re now sitting on our garden table at home. I hope it can cope with the weight tonight. Once they’re weighed I’ll put them in the greenhouse whilst I think of what to make with them.

All my Pumpkins in all their glory. Not weighed yet, but I'll let you know when I do.

All my Pumpkins in all their glory. Not weighed yet, but I’ll let you know when I do.

I then popped home for some lunch and get another box because I’d filled the one I bought earlier with Potatoes and still had a load more to dig up. Once I returned I got back to work. I dug up the rest of the potatoes in the other bed and now all my potatoes are harvested and ready for us to eat for dinner. Hopefully they’ll last us for a while. Then just to finish off I did some weeding and a bit of clearing away. My plots are starting to get some order to them, but I’ve still got lots more to do before I pack it away for the winter. I don’t have radioactive soil, just incase you’re wondering. I just use well rotten horse manure and seaweed fertiliser. After a really crappy start to the week, this made my day!!

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2 Responses to Thursday 15th October 2015 – Whoo they’re some large spuds you have there!!

  1. Mark Willis says:

    I’m impressed! Those are some BIG potatoes. What variety are they? digging up potatoes can be quite exciting, can’t it? You never know what you are going to get until you start digging…

    • I was stunned by their size. They’re Sarpo Mira which are Main crop potatoes. This is the second year I’ve grown them and will grow them again next year. You turn the soil over and there are more, they’re the potato that just keeps on giving.

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