Potato Day

So, what’s all the excitement about a ‘Potato Day’. You may well ask. On the 3rd of February off Linda, Bernie and I went, on our big morning out, hunting for reliable and exciting seed potatoes at Skelmersdale shopping centre (unlikely as it seems), a magnificent example of 1970s (60s?) brutalism. The event was hosted by Brighter Blooms and West Lancs Allotment Association, and there are similar events across the NorthWest. This is a great way to marvel at the incredible variety of potatoes available to grow, vastly more than are available in the shops and most Garden Centres. There were over a hundred varieties to choose from – salad potatoes, all rounders, brilliant roasters etc. We were also tempted by fruit bushes, vegetable and flower seeds and spring bulbs. The potato varieties we bought included Sprint, Charlotte, Red Duke of York and Mayan Twilight (Purple – another one of Linda’s interests). One of our other priorities was to find somewhere to sit down and have a cup of tea, though I was very shocked when, having found said place, a nice little Polish shop, Linda elected for Hot Chocolate instead.

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