My growing obsession blog

Struggles and successes in a suburban garden

New potatoes August 19, 2011

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Once again, I’ve grown various varieties of new potato in sacks and tubs.

The Charlotte potatoes had a great taste, although the yield was a bit disappointing (possibly due to user error though). Rocket and Vivaldi were okay but nothing special. But my biggest potato success this year has been the Pink Fir Apple. They are knobbly, pink tinged tubers with a really nice flavour – perfect for potato salad as they hold their shape well and don’t disintegrate if you accidentally over-cook them. I will definitely grow them again next year.

Here’s a quick supper recipe I threw together the other week with the last of my Charlotte potatoes and some runner beans:

New potatoes, runner beans and chorizo

Scrub and boil some new potatoes. Prepare runner beans (I like to use a slicing gadget for mine) and steam. Meanwhile, fry some chunks of chorizo (you won’t need to use much olive oil as the chorizo will give up its own oil). Once cooked, remove from the pan and drain on some kitchen paper.

When the potatoes are coooked, add some olive oil to the chorizo pan and fry until golden all over. Add the chorizo chunks back into the pan and re-heat briefly.

Serve the potato and chorizo mixture on a bed of runner beans. Scatter over a mixture of whatever herbs you have to hand. Season and serve.


Frustrated! September 10, 2010

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I haven’t been able to get into my garden very easily for the last few weeks because we’re having an extension built.

This is particularly frustrating because everything is growing like fury!

The veg beds are doing really well. I’m managing to get out after work (when the builders aren’t blocking my exit) and am regularly harvesting runner beans, French beans (not as productive as last year), summer squash, courgettes (green and yellow), cherry tomatoes and masses of Autumn bliss raspberries – delicious!

I’m about to go on holiday so will most likely miss the first red Roma tomatoes (a plum variety) and the first red (massive) chillies.

As for my perennial borders, I’m ashamed to say I’ve let them get away from me now. I failed to keep on top of dead-heading the sweet peas (to encourage the flowers to keep coming) and I really ought to have dead-headed more of the cosmos. Still, from the house  (when gazing over the builder’s rubble) it does look lush and jungly out there.

Worst of all, it’s not going to be possible to plant out any more bulbs this autumn. All the bulb catalogues are going to waste and normally by now I’m making lists of exciting new coloured tulips I want to try.

I’m comforting myself with the fact that once the building work is done (hopefully November time), I can set about planning my new patio and beds near the house…