Potato Days – better than Xmas!

by Ziggy Woodward

They are a fantastic way to learn all about the splendid spud, and have a lovely day out to boot. A quick Google search should pop up events in your area, and if there isn’t one then why not start a tradition? It can be as big or small as you like.

The one I attend is in Whitchurch, Hampshire, during the last weekend of every January, where there are 150 varieties of spuds, spud talks, refreshments and a whole bunch of other gardening related stalls. Everyone is welcome from the most seasoned experienced gardeners to the garden-curious who are only just picking up a spade.

At all these events, in addition to a huge range of seed potatoes, there are often heritage and heirloom seeds, onion sets, shallots and garlic bulbs, fruit trees, soft fruit and other edible plants such as rhubarb and asparagus. Some events have a seed or plant swap table where you can swap or give a small donation for items.

Many events are free, some make a small charge for entry towards club funds, and all will have parking nearby. Refreshments are available at most of the events.

This article appeared in Growing Green International magazine Num 34 (Winter 2014/15), p28.