Yesterday, I emptied my first container grown potatoes of the season. They were flowering before I went away on holiday and the foliage had all but died back so it was definitely time. These are Arran Pilots.
The first container yielded very little, what a disappointment. I'd sown three tubers and got about the same back.
I've had similar experiences in previous years where the potatoes I plant earliest don't produce much. These were sown on 10th of April and we've had lots of rain since then, perhaps they got waterlogged or it was too cold for them, it's been a chilly spring and summer so far.
Undeterred, I decided to empty out a second container of Arran Pilots. These were planted at the same time and the foliage had also died back.
This time, I found more potatoes lurking beneath the soil. Still not a huge yield but more respectable than what I harvested from the first pot.
I'm going to my mum and dad's shortly and I'll take the Arran Pilots with me, they've been waiting patiently for some new potatoes so they'll be pleased with those.
I've also grown some Anyas this year, they're my absolute favourite so I emptied out a container of those too.
I've had mixed results from Anyas in the past, sometimes they don't seem to produce a big harvest but the taste more than makes up for that in my opinion. This time, they've done better than the Arran Pilots. Some of them have a pinky tinge to them which isn't surprising as they're a cross between Pink Fir Apple and Desiree.
These were also planted on 10th of April and are a second early, whereas Arran Pilots are first earlies, so in theory, they should take longer to grow. I think if I'd left them a little longer they'd have grown a bit bigger, but there's some decent sized spuds there. We'll be having them with our turkey dinner this evening.
I've still got lots more containers to empty out so I'm hoping that the later sown potatoes have done a bit better.
It was a sunny day yesterday though rather windy. Archie was out in the garden with us relaxing on the grass.
It was time for his annual vaccination booster last Tuesday and whilst he was at the vet's, he had a routine health check. We got the bad news that he's developed a heart murmur. He's got to return for further tests but we know that heart mitral valve disease is the leading cause of death in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. It's a serious, progressive disease which is caused by the deterioration of the heart valves and is about twenty times more common in this breed than others. We haven't noticed any difference in his health at all but we'll know more once further tests have been done.
We enjoyed some lovely celebrations last week, Daniel's graduation and Eleanor's 18th birthday, thank you for all your lovely comments and good wishes for them. While we were enjoying the celebrations, we had this devastating news in the back of our minds. I'm trying not to worry too much until we know exactly what we're dealing with but that's easier said than done.