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Five of the Best Potato Varieties

The fresh taste of home grown early potatoes is a delight and new potatoes are a joy to harvest from your garden. You can grow them in patio pots, raised beds, planter boxes or directly in the garden soil. This year Paraic recommends growing one of the blight resistant varieties which are now available for planting.

Blight resistant varieties have been specially bred by crossing quality potato varieties, which are known to be more resistant to blight, but still retain quality in flavour and cropping. There is a wide choice of blight resistant varieties to choose from and here are some of the very best:

First Early Potatoes:
First early potatoes are a range of specially selected potato varieties which mature quickly and produce flavoursome potatoes by late June or early July. Many of the first early varieties are ideal for planting in containers, potato tubs and raised beds for an early crop of new potatoes.

Orla is an Irish bred variety which produces high yields of great tasting yellow fleshed potatoes in mid July. It has excellent foliage and tuber blight resistance and is great to grow in raised beds and potato pots.

Colleen is another first early variety; it produces light yellow coloured flesh, very high yields and is a great variety to grow organically. Colleen is also a good variety to grow where potato scab is a problem on other varieties.

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Second Early Variety:
Kestrel
 is a second early variety producing large crops of great tasting potatoes. The flavour from this variety is excellent and the tubers can be used for boiling, baking, frying and are super for chips. The texture is floury and the tubers provide excellent resistance to slug damage. Kestrel is ideal for growing in raised beds, pots and in garden soil. It is truly a wonderful great tasting potato variety, which is suitable for all garden soils.

Main Crop Varieties:
Many main crop varieties are severely attacked by potato blight in mid to late summer but modern varieties are now resistant to potato blight and the best varieties Paraic can recommend include:

potato photoSetanta – red skinned variety with lovely creamy dry flesh, Setanta is excellent against potato blight and produces large crops of great tasting potatoes in late summer which store well.

Sarpo Mira – one of the best disease resistant potato varieties available today, it produces large crops of highly flavoured large tubers which have a red skin, similar to rooster, and a quality yellow flesh. Sarpo Mira produces compact spreading foliage which helps to reduce weed growth – Well worth growing.

Sarpo Mira – one of the best disease resistant potato varieties available today, it produces large crops of highly flavoured large tubers which have a red skin, similar to rooster, and a quality yellow flesh. Sarpo Mira produces compact spreading foliage which helps to reduce weed growth – Well worth growing.

potato photoPotato in Pots:
It’s an easy yet very productive method of growing some early potatoes with that lovely new potato flavour. Simply get a potato pot or planter, fill the base of the planter with organic compost and place four seed potatoes on the compost. Add another six inch layer of organic compost over the first layer of potatoes and then add a second layer of potatoes before filling the pot or bag to the top with organic compost. Place the planted potato pot out of doors in a sunny sheltered location and just add water.

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