I may have given up the allotment but I shall still be growing some things in the garden. I know I won't get anywhere near the harvests I got from the plot but it's definitely worth growing some things yourself for a number of reasons. The main thing I would say is that many things you grow yourself taste so much better. I've never eaten a supermarket bought tomato which has the intense tomatoey taste as home grown ones do and corn on the cob tastes so much sweeter when picked from the plant and immediately popped in to boiling water to cook rather than spending days on a supermarket shelf waiting to be sold.
Potatoes are one thing I shall continue to grow. Even when I had the allotment, I grew my potatoes in containers at home so there won't be any difference there. When I went in to Wilkinsons last week, I noticed that this year, they're selling some of their potato varieties loose so that you can fill a bag with as many varieties as you want to try. I have problems finding Anya so I was really pleased when I saw that this is one of the varieties they're selling loose. Unfortunately, they had very few of these seed potatoes left so I went back this week once they'd restocked and filled a bag with them. I also bought a net of Arran Pilot, the variety I've grown for the last few years and one which I'm very pleased with.
The 2kg net of Arran Pilots cost me £2.75 and the bag I filled with Anyas was £1.50. I weighed these when I got home and there's about 1.25kg in the bag. There's two sizes of bag you can fill, the larger size costs £2.50. I could have filled the bag with a selection of varieties but I've decided to stick to these two favourites this year.
Potatoes are very easy to grow and there's nothing quite like the taste of the first spud harvest each year. I never scrape them, they're delicious in their skins boiled in water with a sprig of mint then drained and smothered in butter. I can't wait.