This year, as well as growing my favourite Anya and Arran Pilot potatoes, I gave three other varieties a try, Vales Emerald, Sherine and Bonnie, three tubers of each. I tried the Vales Emerald and Sherine earlier in the season and finally got round to emptying out the container containing the Bonnie yesterday. This is what I found, just four potatoes have grown from three tubers, not very good at all, so Bonnie is a variety I won't be bothering with again.
I had one bucket of Anyas left to harvest. It's a bit late in the season for them really and some tubers had rotted but I still got a decent amount which will provide a couple of meals for Mick, Eleanor and myself. Eleanor's never really cared for boiled potatoes, roasts are her favourite. I always boil Anyas, they're a waxy potato with a delicious taste and Eleanor's discovered this year that she really likes them.
The spare potato tubers I had, which I planted very late in the season hoping for some potatoes for Christmas, don't look to be doing very well, their foliage is very pale and doesn't look very healthy at all. I've sprinkled a few chicken manure pellets around in the hope that adding some nutrients to the soil will help but time will tell.
I decided that yesterday was the time to get rid of the bush tomato plants. They've done so well this year providing a handsome crop of tomatoes but they're just about done now. There were three outdoor Maskotka plants, one Totem which was also growing outdoors and two Maskotka plants which had been growing in the greenhouse. I harvested any useable ripe tomatoes and took off any green ones in the hope they'll ripen indoors. As you can see, the plants are way past their best now.
The cordon plants are still going strong though. All in all I picked another six pounds of ripe tomatoes yesterday and this is what the plants looked like afterwards. I have four plants growing outdoors and three in the greenhouse. They look quite sparse as I've removed most of the foliage to allow whatever sunshine we have to get to the tomatoes to ripen them.
There's still quite a few tomatoes hanging on in there and they're still ripening on the vine too.
So that's the end of my potatoes, unless my Christmas containers come to anything, and the end of the bush tomatoes. It's a sad time when the gardening season comes to a close but it won't be too long until we're starting seeds off again.
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