Friday, 2 February 2018

First Shopping of the Month ... and Potatoes


I called in to Tesco to get some milk while I was there refuelling my car.  As you can see the fresh food aisle also caught my attention  :-)

While we do grow our own fruit, and still have lots of berries and rhubarb in the freezer that we could be using, we can't,  and never will be able to grow our own bananas, so they will always be an item on our shopping list ... well until we are living on rations in a couple of weeks !!

Spent £3.51

The receipt tells me that Clubcard points are currently being turned into vouchers so hopefully by next week we will have a couple to spend on food at Tesco.


I've got some seed potatoes chitting on the conservatory windowsill now, it's nice to have a feeling that some kind of planting is on the horizon.

The potatoes currently chitting are: 1st earlies - 'Pentland Javelin' and 'Rocket' and 2nd earlies 'Constance'.  Three types that I haven't grown before so it will be interesting to see how they do. 

I also currently have some 'Majestic' main crop potatoes on order, these were the main type of potato grown in this country during the war years and were a forerunner to the Maris Piper we all love these days.  Seemingly it's a good all rounder of a potato, especially suitable for baking, roasting and boiling ... which is exactly how they would have been used in the war years.

I will be growing most of my potatoes in tubs, pots and bags this year as that is how I got some of my best potatoes last year.  Although I might have one outdoor bed of the Majestic to see how they do on our Welsh hillside.


Left in The Purse  £313.75


Sue xx


12 comments:

  1. It's good to know you are 'chitting' (well, the potatoes are, anyway), as Beth and I were discussing this earlier in the week. I love the rack - is it specifically for chitting?
    J x

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    1. It's just two of our plastic egg trays side by side. Egg trays or boxes are the best thing for chitting in as they keep the potatoes stable and not touching each other.

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  2. I grow Rocket every year along with Arran Pilot. I do not grow any of the Pentland varieties as they did not suit the soil in Norfolk, and I am a creature of habit. For second early I like Maris Peer but do not grow maincrop now. I need to get my seed out to chit, I save egg cartons for that.

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  3. We grow Pentland javelin every year here in north west England. They should suit your soil too. We always get a decent crop.

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  4. I got my best yield from supermarket potatoes that self 'chitted' in the bag. Rather than throw them I planted them. I'm doing the same at the moment until I can get hold of some seed potatoes from Wilko Sunday.

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    1. I occasionally do that too, but when you are putting in a whole bed of potatoes or simply starting from scratch it is best to get the professionally prepared ones. It stops your soil from being infected with various potato based diseases.

      And yes, like you I have had some brilliant spuds from a supermarket Maris Piper ;-)

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    1. Chitting your potatoes is simply leaving them in a cool and light place to get the little sprouts (chits) on, the ones that we rub off when the potatoes get a bit old in the cupboard or potato bag. It is the start of the vegetable getting it's rooting system.

      So a 'chitted' potato is one with the sprouts all ready for planting in the soil or compost.

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  6. It is hard to avoid spending completely unless you start milking your own cows, goats, and start butchering your own meat. Although I am on a low spend few months its not a no spend, like you some milk, fruit etc will be necessary. I might do some potatoes in buckets this year, our potato crop was very good last year, but the aviary is on that piece of ground now, but I shall be doing various pots.

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  7. I shall be off to the potato day very soon. We grew Foremost and Charlotte last year, just a few of each, but have a bit more room this year and I'm planning on getting 5 each of 6 varieties to try on this different soil to what we had before

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    1. and I meant to say do you have the book - "Living on the Home Front" by Megan Westley? it has lots of info in it about rationing

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  8. I have a very clever cousin-in-law who grows potatoes, and strawberries in summer, by the gazillion bucketful, all in recycled paint pots - the huge plastic ones,. He has them all lined up in order of readiness, and watering them is a breeze. I reckon he could feed half his little town with what he grows! And they can sit, out of sight in otherwise unusable spaces. Genius!

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