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By: Love 2 Learn Allotmenting

Storing potatoes in their original growing position overwinter carries the risk of spreading disease. Lack of time last autumn meant that I carried out an unplanned experiment, leaving three part rows of three different potato varieties in the ground.

Today was a great surprise. Over the previous weeks I had dug up Casa Blanca and Maris Piper and found that the potatoes had already sprouted. The discovery of today is that our ‘Pink Fir Apple’ potatoes were found in almost perfect condition.

A wheelbarrow home, a quick wash and peel, and combined with some homegrown garlic and leeks – and thirty minutes later the family were eating soup. A lovely end to the weekend!

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