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01
MAR
2017

How to choose your potatoes at Potato Day

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If you are new to potato growing the number of different potato varieties can be pretty bewildering – so how do you decide which to grow from the 100 or so in front of you? First you need to know that potatoes are divided into three basic groups, based on how long they take to grow. T
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15
FEB
2017

What’s in a name?

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Early farmers first raised the potato about 8,000 years ago near Lake Titicaca in the Andes, where planting potatoes is still the most important part of the farming year. Here the locals call the potato Mama Jatha, or ‘mother of growth’. The more common name for potatoes, used by Inca
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10
FEB
2017

Why bother with “seed potatoes”

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The potatoes we sell at our Potato Day are specially grown and inspected to make sure they are fit for us to use for growing our potato crops. They all have a certificate to say that this is so, but why do we go to so much trouble and expense?
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09
FEB
2017

Growing potatoes

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Having made the difficult choice about which to grow it’s a relief to find that potatoes are quite easy plants to grow, although a little extra care can give better crop. Here are some rules of thumb.
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25
JAN
2017

The really useful potato

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In a 1998 study, Man on Earth, of how we have adapted to the different places we have colonised on earth, John Reader included a chapter on ‘The Potato Growers’, which shows just how really useful the potato is. Compared to grain growing, worldwide potato growing has a short history –
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24
JAN
2017

So you bought seed potatoes – what do you do with them?

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Having made the difficult choice about which to grow it’s a relief to find that potatoes are quite easy plants to grow, although a little extra care can give better crop. Here are some rules of thumb.
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22
JAN
2017

Why the potato?

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In the space of just 400 years, the potato has become a staple crop of many people around the world whose antecedents had subsisted perfectly well upon grain crops for anything up to 4000 years. The reason for this somewhat surprising development is that the potato is the best all-aro
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Pruning recurrants-before and after
04
FEB
2015

Soft fruit pruning -here’s how

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Frosty days don’t offer much opportunity for gardening but on sunny January days it’s nice to get out. One job that can be done on such days is pruning soft fruit such as redcurrants. Here pruning involves cutting back most of last year’s growth [the paler ends of th
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01
FEB
2015

E-communication

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At BOG's regular business meetings, one topic that crops pretty regularly is communication. Each discussion produces suggestions, although not everyone gets acted on. Recently, the development of BOG's new website has opened up new avenues for electronic communication and made some we
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15
JAN
2015

Purple mash

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Cold dark days are for enjoying the harvest from the autumn and planning for the next crop. Potatoes are part of both – we recently enjoyed this mash of Purple Majesty, tasty despite the novelty colour but not quite as good as mash from Kerr’s Pink and Ambo, our two favour
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