Onion sets, Garlic, Shallots and seed Potatoes
Onions prefer a sunny, sheltered site in free draining soil. Plant onions sets (young onions) 10 – 12cm apart in rows 30cm apart. Gently push the sets into soft, well-worked soil so that the tip is just showing, and firm the soil around them. If squirrels are particularly active in your garden you should push the sets just under the soil surface. Keep well watered in the dry months and give an occasional feed with a general purpose fertiliser. Stop watering and feeding once your onions have begun to gain some colour on the top, and remove any soil to expose the bulb to the sun.Your onions can be harvested when the foliage turns yellow and starts to topple over. Leave for two to three weeks and then carefully dig up with a garden fork. If you wish to store onions they must be firm, disease-free and then dried for two to three weeks, either laid out in the sun or in a shed if the weather is wet.
Karmen: Red onion ‘Karmen’ is a pretty red skinned, flattened globe onion which has white flesh and a sweet taste with rings of deep crimson throughout. Perfect for cooking or eating raw. Heavy cropping AND also stores well. (Still awaiting arrival)
Centurion: F1 Centurion is a winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit. The perfect yellow skinned onion which produces heavy crops that mature early, this top class onion is very strong growing. The Onion Sets – F1 Centurion will fare well in typical British summers. The even skin colour, uniform shaped bulbs and great flavour create a fantastic onion for all round use.
Snowball: White onions have a less intense flavour than yellow onions and a thinner skinned. They are better when used fresh as they do not store for very long.Snowball has good, round bulbs with a pure white skin and a mild flavour. (Still awaiting arrival)
Home-grown garlic takes up little space and requires hardly any effort to get a good crop. It’s a good crop to grow with children, as garlic is easy to grow, and the cloves are the perfect size to be planted by small hands.Grow garlic in a warm, sunny spot, in fertile, well-drained soil that doesn’t get too wet in winter. Plant garlic cloves in autumn or early spring, planting individual cloves 18cm apart at twice their own depth. Keep the area weed free, water when dry and harvest from July onwards.
Eden rose: Garlic ‘Eden rose’ produces excellent quality bulbs with attractive pretty pink cloves. This is great hardneck variety is favored in France for its superior, delicate flavour.
Marco: Known for its strong, distinctive flavour, and fine, white skin, Marco is a good option if you want your cooking full of flavour. Good for storing, and if planted in Feb / March the cloves should be ready for harvesting in July / August. Soft neck variety.
French Cristo: Cristo is an award winning variety, producing a strong flavour with white skin and pink cloves. An easy and reliable variety. Soft neck variety.
Golden gourmet Shallots
Unlike onions, which grow individually as bulbs with a single stem, shallots grow in clusters similar to garlic. They are easy to grow and store well – much better than onions Smaller than onions but full flavoured. They are more delicate in structure, and contain less water so they need to be cooked more gently. Their flavour is much milder and sweeter than that of onions, so if a recipe specifies shallots, using onions instead won’t give you the same results. Plant before the end of March to harvest as early as July.
Grow your potatoes from ‘seed potatoes’, which are small potato tubers rather than standard seeds. Potatoes bought from the supermarket are not reccommended to grow, as they won’t produce reliable crops and may be more prone to pests and diseases. Once you have choosen the varieties of potaoes you want to grow, get them home and remove them from the packaging. You will then need to place them in a sunny spot on a window sill on some news paper or on a tray lined with kitchen paper. Leave them be until they start to spout. Once the spouts reach to 1 or 2 inches, they are ready to plant. Prepare the earth by turning over the soil and removing weeds, and then dig trenches 12cm deep and 60cm apart. Plant seed potatoes 30cm apart and cover them with soil to fill the trench. When the shoots reach 20cm tall, use a rake, hoe or spade to mound soil up around the bases of the shoots, covering the stems half way. This is called earthing up.
If you have limited space you can grow potatoes in compost sacks or in containers. follow the link for more info https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/growing-potatoes-in-a-bag/
First earlies: Plant before March & Harvest June / July. Ideal Salad potatoes.
Casablanca: A new, multi-purpose potato with a smooth white skin and a creamy flesh. It is a good looking potato, that is becoming the exhibitors favourite. Very versitile in the kitchen. great for chipping, roasting, boiling and baking. Excellent resistance to pests and disease and can produce an edible crop just 62 days after planting.
Maris Bard: Smooth white skinned tubers with white flesh and a traditional new potato taste. Potato ‘Maris Bard’ is a very early, heavy cropping variety with good drought and common scab resistant. This popular first early variety is ideal for boiling as a salad potato.
Sharpes Express: A heirloom variety introduced in 1900. It is Pear shaped with bright white flesh, smooth skin and a new potato flavour. Boil whole in skins (as it is floury) It great hot with butter or cold with salads. favourite amongst ‘home-growers’ for many years. Best cooked whole (Either boiled or steamed) (Still awaiting arrival)
Second earlies: Plant before May & Harvest July / August.
Charlotte: A very popular variety, which produces good sized pear-shaped, yellow skinned waxy potatoes with creamy-yellow flesh. They are full of flavour and delicious either hot or cold. Charlotte has high resistance to foliage and tuber blight.
Maris Peer: Smaller than average potatoes with a subtle flavour. They are ideal for boiling, steaming or roasting whole. They have a light skin, creamy flesh, and good uniformity, whilst also showing a good resistance to disease and pests.
Vivaldi (Albert Bartlet): Delicious and creamy when boiled, baked, mashed or roasted. ‘Vivaldi’ is excellent for producing high yields of ‘baby potatoes’ or for larger tubers as a second early/early maincrop. The oval tubers are yellow skinned with pale yellow flesh and have good scab resistance. This easy to grow variety is well suited to growing in containers or potato bags.
Maincrop: Plant before May & Harvest September / October
Cara: Oval, pink / red-eyed tubers with soft moist flesh that is excellent for baking and chipping. Maincrop potato ‘Cara’ has good disease resistance, including golden eelworm and blight, and withstands drought well. An allotment favourite!
Desiree: Said to be the world’s most popular red potato, with pale yellow, firm waxy flesh. This loved maincrop potato has particularly good drought resistance. Potato ‘Desiree’ is versatile for all cooking purposes including roasting and baking.
King Edwards: The classic Christmas variety and a firm favourite for roasting. The creamy white flesh has a light, floury texture and rarely discolours on cooking. A popular and well-loved late maincrop variety with good resistance to scab and slugs.