So Jean has been bullying me for a while to 'test' if my potatoes are ready yet.
Personally I was going to wait for 13 weeks since planting and they have only been in for just over 11 weeks. But the dogs seemed to agree with Jean and had dug up a couple of plants. And I could see a few decent sized potatoes in the soil. So this evening I got the fork out and excavated the area.
And I found quite a few more...
So I phoned Jean to get advice on whether to dig any more up and if so how do I store them. She advised just digging up what you need when you want them - earlies don't store well.
As I already had found more than enough for myself for the next two to three days (Paul is still in the States) I had already blown the advice but at least I didn't need to do any more work...
So I set about trying them out. Boiled in their skins with a sprig of mint in the water. Then seasoned with butter, salt, pepper and home-grown parsley.
They were okay but I think they still need a little longer - slightly soapy taste if they are not quite ready Jean had said.
I think we will be be supplying the whole neighbourhood in the next few weeks...
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