Utilising descriptions and characteristics from the British Potato Variety Database, plus some other online resources such as lovepotatoes, many faces of potatoes, and seed potato merchants JBA seed potatoes, among others, I've selected five varieties to go to war with for 2013, none of which I've tried growing in the past.
Bonnie - detailed description here
Osprey - detailed description here
Red King Edward - detailed description here
Markies - detailed description here
Pentland Squire - detailed description here
As we await for their arrival, I have egg boxes put aside for when chitting* commences.
* But is chitting really necessary? The cynic in me reckons the seed companies just want to get shot of their seed potato stocks as soon as possible, so ship them out really early in the year. Far too early to plant, so what do we do with them?
'I know, tell them to stick them in egg boxes for weeks on end, until the ground and weather conditions are suitable for planting. Tell them it's called 'chitting' and it's a necessary part of planting potatoes'.
Yeah right, like anyone's going to fall for that load of nonsense :)