Posted by: Anne | 24/01/2010

Chitting Potatoes

Unusually for me, I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning.  I have picked up a cold.  I suppose I’ve done well not to have one so far this winter.  So laying in feeling sorry for myself was a very real possibility.

But I started to look at the books kept by my bed and quickly got onto what I can do in the garden now the weather is picking up.

I remembered the lovely message left by Kate about what potatoes she had grown and decided to go to Ryton Organic Gardens for some fresh air and  hopefully pick up some seed potatoes to start chitting.

Katie wanted to come too and we set off with the sun shining, ipod playing and feeling much better.

As we approached Ryton, I saw signs saying ‘Potato Day’, fantastic I thought we have come on a special day without even knowing it.

But it’s next week, but that was ok, because now I can tell all of you about it so you can go to one near you.

Ryton Organic Gardens have done this for years.   Apparently we eat on average 500 potatoes per person per year.  They have hundreds of different varieties available to choose from and have potato experts on hand to give advice.  They are even doing a demonstration on compost making!  I might have to go and listen to that one.

It’s on the 31 January 2010 from 10am to 4pm.  And they are being held all over the country.  The other places are listed on Ryton’s website.  If you go into the gardens there, you will also see some Access Mini Greenhouses in their demonstration gardens.

So we will go back next week, list of what Kate used in hand and I’ll choose some potatoes to grow.

If you decide to do the same, let me  know how you got on next week.

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