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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

The different types of potatoes

When deciding which potatoes to grow, one of the ways I decide is to select by what type of potatoes I enjoy eating and find cook well.

Different types of potatoes cook well in different ways, some are better roasted while others make great salad potatoes, yet others are good for using for baking potatoes. 

As a simple guide waxy type potatoes are usually great for salads, and floury type potatoes are good for mash and for baking.

Seed potatoes that are good for salads are often marked up as such, with a bit of research you can find the names of seed potatoes that are good for different types of cooking.

So far I have planted International  Kidney (the seed potatoes that are 'Jersey Royal' style potatoes and Charlotte which is a good salad potato an one that I grew and enjoyed last year.

There are some types of potatoes that are prone to falling apart if over cooked and some that discolour quickly after cooking. I think all of this makes a bit of research into the different types of potato varieties on sale worthwhile. 

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a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote