Useful Advice on Various Gardening Topics
Updated 10th December 2020
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Seed Potato Information
Tuber Characteristics
Cooking Qualities
Other Comments
Lady Christl First Early AGM
Pale yellow skin and flesh, oval, medium sized tubers
Waxy / creamy
Boiling new potato, good flavour
Ready to harvest 10-13 weeks after planting. High yield.
Charlotte Second early salad
Long yellow skin with yellow flesh
Firm / waxy
Boiling salad potato, good taste
A favourite amongst EHS members
Desiree Early Main Crop
Oval tubers with red skin and firm pale yellow flesh
Firm / flowery
Boiling, frying, chipping, baking, mashing roasting
Heavy cropping. Good draught resistance.
Nicola Salad Second early
Long, waxy, oval-shaped tubers, light yellow flesh, thin light brown skin
Boiling. Ideal for salads. Excellent flavour
Resistant to scab and eelworm. Suitable for patio growing.
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This can also apply to online purchases from sites which are not part of the Horticultural Trades Associations. You may have read in Gardening magazines or the daily newspapers about XYLELLA FASTIDISA. THIS IS A VIRULENT BACTERIUM WHICH ATTACKS PLANTS. This can eventually destroy plants and could run through gardens. It is currently present in parts of Italy and Spain, it is carried on olive trees, cherries, lavender, rosemary and figs. If it arrives in the UK it is a threat to many species. When you purchase plants check where they were grown and try to patronise the many local nurseries which produce their own stock . Suzanne Holroyd
Maxi Crop
We are short of 1 litre bottles to distribute Maxi Crop. Would members be kind enough to bring their own 1 litre bottle when they want to purchase Maxi Crop or if they are no longer using the product and have 1 litre bottles in their sheds perhaps they could drop them into the hut on a Sunday between 10am and 12 noon.
Emsworth Horticultural Society