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Our ambition is to tour Can You Dig It? to every county in the UK.

Spud you like

Like Dan I feel at home in my new temporary abode, which belongs to a kindred spirit, judging by this poster in the kitchen. My top three Scottish seed potatoes are the Pentland Hawk, the Epicure and the Ulster Chieftain (although isn’t Ulster in Ireland?). Unlike Dan, who has been spying on his neighours, I have actually met and spoken to several of mine including a nice lady who grows cabbages in her back garden.

I am pleased to note there is a compost bin for me to use. My flat is not far from the splendid Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh where Dan and I are meeting tomorrow morning to sort out all sorts of things and generally get this show on the road, or rather in the garden.

4 comments to Spud you like

  • helen

    Jo has been growing Pentland Javelin potatoes on her allotment according to a source close to the potato-growing singer. Are they on the poster?

  • Jo

    Yes. The Pentland Javelin is in the top row in the middle. I am not exactly sure what is Scottish about these Scottish seed potatoes seeing as you can get them in England and elsewhere. My Pentland Javelins are mighty fine and very big. So big it is difficult to unearth them up without accidentally spearing them with the fork as they take up so much space underground. However, Pentland Hawk = funnier.

  • Robert

    Just happened across your site and thought that, even though you may be back in London, you may like to know about Borders Oganic Gardeners Potato Day, to be held on Sunday March 2nd 2012 in Kelso – we hope to have around 140 varieties of seed potato, 40 or so being organically produced and which are sold individually. These include Pentland Javelin, Pentland Hawk and Epicure but sadly not Ulster Cheiftan, which isn’t currently available from our suppliers. However we will have Ulster Classic, Prince and Sceptre
    Incidently, ‘scottishness’ has two conartations when it comes to potatoes; it can refer to where they were bred [Pentland varieites were bred at the Pentlandfield laboratories near Edinburgh] or where they are grown, Scotland being a world leader in the growing of seed potatoes. In the south of England, you will find a number of varieities that are imported from Europe and may notice that seed catalogues list some not to be sold in Scotland. This is to protect the bio-security of the seed potato growing areas, principally from a disease called brown ring rot that is common in Europe. To support this, we sell only UK grown potatoes, and almost all are grown in Scotland.

  • jo

    Hi Robert – thanks for your explanation of the “Scottishness” or otherwise of seed potatoes. We have learned something! The Borders Organic Gardeners’ Potato Day sounds brilliant!

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