Monday, 17 February 2014

A disappointing day, nearly

I was most disappointed yesterday upon my visit to the Mold potato day. Most of the potatoes were in net bags of between 20-30 tubers each. Apart from some of the Sarpo varieties which was no help to me as I have no desire to grow them.

I was rather peeved, the morning didn't start off as the best as Mike & Harry decided they were going to battle for male dominance. They were both severely told off for their childish behaviour & for attempting to spoil my day with their selfishness. What was meant to be a visit at 9 am to the potato day ended up with us arriving after 12.

As I said the potatoes were in sacks which if you had an allotment would be suitable, I have a small veg garden more for a hobby than anything else. I have no doubt it would be far cheaper to buy my fruit & veg but for most part I grow it. From what I have read on potato days I was of the opinion that you could buy individual tubers. Not at this one you couldn't.

They had a lovely selection of fruit trees, bushes, plants & dahlia tubers for sale. Which I would have happily purchased some expect as I was going for individual tubers I only took £6 in change with me so couldn't. As a rule we very rarely carry cash & all though Mike offered to walk into town to a cash machine he was turned down with a hiss as I was still unhappy with his behaviour which didn't get any better at the potato day.

The garden is my hobby I sow, grow, harvest & cook. I was most peeved to over hear Mike talking to one of the stall holders on what we do! There is no we in my garden there is a me! My mood was not improved when Mike spotted a packet of white onion sets. He was rather taken with them & purchased them along with some shallots. The reason he wanted the white onion sets, he had seen someone cooking with them on TV. He doesn't even blinking cook!

Anyway he does drive so he took me to a garden centre where I purchased these -
A selection of seed potatoes. We went to Gordale where I could fill a plant pot for £2.99 with a selection of seed potatoes. I selected Winston which is an early potato which is supposed to grow quite large & suitable for baking. International Kidney which is also known as the Jersey Royal potato obviously if it is grown in Jersey.  Pink Fir Apple because I like them & the last one which I am most excited about Golden Wonder I've always wanted to grow this variety but have only ever seen it in large sacks.
Mike shallots & white onion sets. Where I'm going to find the space to plant the onions I don't know. I hadn't planned for any in my planting plan this year. Stupid man!
Some primroses as way of an apology from Mike & Harry, I also got a coffee in the garden centre cafe too. I was offered a sandwich or a cake  but wasn't hungry enough. The men in my life were.

Enjoy your day

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  1. I always thought potato days were for buying loose tubers too. Sorry that you had a bad day.

    Not wishing to stir things up more - white onions have always seemed more difficult to grow on our plot. You could have a row of set close together which would produce small onions if space is a problem. There are just too many sets in a bag aren't there?

    I hope Mike has managed to get back into your good books!

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    1. I was rather peeved about it, I shall go to next years as they had a lovely selection of dahlia tubers. In the garden centre we visited afterwards they had a small bag of mixed onion sets which I thought would be a good idea, i hope they do the same next year. Just my luck with the white onion sets being harder to grow. I shall give them a chance & see. Yes Mike (& Harry) are back in my good books. I have a strict rule on not to let things fester.

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  2. What a disappointment about the potato day. I'm glad you got to buy a selection of seed potatoes in the end though. We did the same as you with our "fill a bag" from the garden centre. When you only have a bit of your garden its so much nicer to grow a small variety of things rather than being stuck with a whole sack of one thing.

    We've got pink fir apple too, but I've not tried any of the others. I'll enjoy seeing how you get on with them.

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    1. It was a disappointment but yes I am pleased about my mixed lot from the garden centre. It is a pain with a small plot. I normally buy tubers in packs of ten for the new potatoes. They had a lots to choose from but I was very well behaved.

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  3. Oh dear, it sounds like Mike was in your bad books. I'm glad it isn't just my family who conspire to scupper my plans. I was all set for a garden visit this weekend but prom dress shopping took over. I'd have been really disappointed too if there weren't loose tubers at a potato day, that's what they're all about in my opinion. You can buy netted bags from any old garden centre. I've never seen a garden centre selling loose tubers like you found, I wish they did that here. I love Jersey Royals so I grew International Kidney one year and I was really disappointed, they didn't taste anything like. I'm trying Pink Fir Apple for the first time this year, and I've heard good reviews of Golden Wonder so I look forward to hearing what you think of them.

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    1. Oh dear I hope the dress shopping went well, it was a pain about the potatoes. I watched a programme on Jersey Royals once & they seemed to grow hem on a hill side. It must be the sea air that gives them the flavour. I read about the fill a flower pot the other day so it saved the day really.

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  4. Ahoy there,
    I'm new, ish, to your blog but I do enjoy reading it especially as you are from my local area. Seems nicer somehow reading about places that I know well, though I didn't know about Mold's potato day!
    Hope you don't mind if I tag along awhile.?
    John

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    1. Hello, welcome aboard. I'm pretty sure it will be on again next year, I shall be going but unlikely to buy any potatoes from there. they had lots of other things though & thanks.

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  5. It does seem silly to have a potato day if you can only buy big sacks of them!! Even if you had a big allotment you would still only have space for one sack I should think! Even if they had nets of four or five of each sort of tuber that would have been better as you could have selected a few different sorts. So sorry that it wasn't what you wanted and hoped for. I hope that your men are back behaving again and are back in your good books - they can be very annoying!! If Mike wants to grow onions, he will have to do some cooking now won't he!! xx

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    1. It was, I shant be going back for potatoes next year. I might send them an email actually. There were lots of other stuff there so I would go back for them. Pfft Mike will be lovingly inspecting the onions after I harvest them when the time comes. Perhaps he will show a bit more interest then.

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    2. I think that it is a good idea to let the potato people know as they can't change it if you don't tell them they are not meeting expectations can they. xx

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  6. I'm sorry to see that you didn't have a good day.
    I always thought you could buy potatoes loose in any quantity at such days. How annoying and disappointing.
    The selection that you got elsewhere look to be an interesting selection of varieties.
    I hope that you have a better week. Flighty xx

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    1. I thought the same but no all nearly stocked in larger bags. like the larger bags you can buy in a garden centre. I'm glad with the selection I bought from the garden centre, a good idea they had there.

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  7. Hi I want to say sorry about your bad day ! But I can't as your post made me laugh so much :) Mike is probably irritating to live with but sounds hilarious !
    My husband watches all the cookery programmes, DIY programmes and Monty Don ! But never cooks, DIY 's or gardens ha ha so I know how annoying it is.

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    1. Hello, it was meant to have a humorous side to it. Yes Mike is lovely to live with but can be a complete pain sometimes. He is very good at DIY so I'm lucky there.

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  8. Forgot to say I think Potato fairs are a rip off ! We have a big one here in Hampshire, I went once and never again ! The price we paid to just go in and have a look was more than we would have paid for bags of the potatoes from the garden centre. Big con ! The only saving grace was there were some rare ones. The ones we bought could have been bought anywhere. :(

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    1. That is why I wanted to go, for some of the rarer ones. They did seem slightly more expensive. However at least it was free for me to get in, I really would have been most peeved to have paid an entrance fee & then find I had to buy them in bags.

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  9. How strange, I thought the whole point was that you could try lots of different varieties. I'm going to one on Friday so it will be interesting to see what happens.

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    1. Do you know i am so glad that I'm not the only one. I truly thought that was the idea behind it & it would cater for the smaller & larger grower. I hope you have a good day, from what I have read of other potato days it is what I expect them to be.

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  10. Wow I better get busy and stop by the nursery today. Last Friday I made a list of the potato varieties I wanted to pick up but as the weekend started I forgot about going to the nursery. I am taking this Tuesday off as the patio man is coming to install so I have a day of things to do in the greenhouse to keep me close enough to monitor his work. Looking forward to seeing how your potato varieties do for you this year…….and your onions ;o)

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    1. Pfft onions! The garden centre had a mixed bag for £2 I wished I had known about them first. Anyway looking on the bright side they might prove to be tasty onions. Good luck with your patio & do post with your potato varieties I love to see the different ones.

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  11. Enjoy growing your potatoes, you could always sow the onions close together and pull them green for salads, I do this every year as they are so much quicker than White Lisbon from seed.

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    1. Thank you I will, I'm over the moon to get some Golden wonder ones. I was thinking of that to use the onion sets up, I'm also going to plant a few around the fruit trees in pots.

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  12. I bought my potatoes online but that was frustrating too. Most came in bags or 5 or 20, whereas 10 would have been ideal. Yet buying 20 was cheaper than two bags of five!

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    1. I normally buy mine from the local garden centre. Taylors I think & they contain 10 of each variety.

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  13. Whew! Lucky you've been able to let off steam here on your blog! I'm hoping to buy some potato tubers this Friday at the RHS show - last year they had over 50 different varieties and it's nice to try spuds that you can't get in the supermarkets. White onions are worth growing as they're more expensive to buy - I either grow red or white, both are good. (Can't believe you turned down the offer of cake in the garden centre!!)

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    1. I hope you have a good day on Friday. That's good news about the white onions, I have to give them ago I have loads of them. Do you know I debated & debated for a good five minutes before I declined the cake.

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  14. Gosh, I'm finding it hard to think of anything tactful to say! Perhaps I should concentrate on the good bits: the Hampshire Potato Day I went to was brilliant - well-organised, comprehensive, good value etc, and all potatoes were available to buy as individual tubers. My wife Jane is definitely not into gardening at all, but she admits this and stays well clear. We both enjoy the produce though, and if we were ever to come to blows it would probably be over who gets to cook the Asparagus! I hope that by the time you read this, peace has been restored. :)

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    1. Ha ha, peace was restored yesterday, nothing is left to linger here. I fully expected the potato day to be like the one you attended. They had a lovely seed selection all priced at £1 a pack but i had bought mine for the year. I would go back next year but not for the potatoes.

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  15. Men are SO annoying. And mine wouldn't ever dream of apologising let alone buying primroses. What a shame about the potato day, I too thought the whole point was so you could try lots and lots of different varieties in very small quantities. My garden and allotment are all done by me as well, but I've also heard the occasional "we". Sigh. Glad you managed to get a good selection of potatoes in the end.

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  16. Men remain to be children and wind up merchants their entire lives...I know, I have a hubby too!!!

    Sorry your potato day was what you expected but at leas you got some tubers in the end.

    The primroses look beautiful!!

    If I were you I would tell Mike to plant and tend to his own onions...lol

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