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The 16th Hampshire Potato Day will be held on Potato Day Facebook page

Sat 25 & Sun 26 January 2014

10am - 3pm

Testbourne Community Centre, Micheldever Road, Whitchurch RG28 7JF

Entry adults 2, accompanied children free

As seen on BBC TV's Inside Out

Reports and pictures of the 2012 event are here with a BBC Local radio report on the 2009 day here

Details of the UK's other 2014 Potato Days are here

Pictures of earlier events are here

The 15th Potato Day was open for 2 days we had 100 varieties available as individual tubers, 28 of which were also available as organically grown seed.

In 2013 all were priced at 17p per tuber (7 fro £1) or in competitively priced 2.5kg nets - the list of varieties is here

Selection of potatoes from an RHS Gold Medal winning display
What you could grow after a visit to Potato Day!

 

There'll be a free and exclusive coloured potato (see picture here) for each child bringing his/her parents along and the children will get in free

Get advice from an author of books on Potatoes and we hope, in addition to potato seed sales we will hope to have, yet again, the following have promised to return in 2014:
 

Talks - Chris Bird from Sparsholt College  , history, modern methods, varieties to choose and as many questions as you care to ask!
Children's activities
Refreshments from H's Coffee Shop
Runner, Broad and French Beans and Pea seeds and Onion and Shallot sets at very competitive prices - Charlton Park Garden Centre
Heritage seed sales - Thomas Etty Esq
Organic vegetables - Harroway Organic Gardens
Herbaceous plants - Tufton Plants
Unusual edible plants - Edulis
Home made jam and preserves - Tufton Plants
Organic Vegetable and Herb Seeds - Beans and Herbs
Hampshire Branch of the National Vegetable Society
Hand made chilli products (handmade soups and a Tartiflette available to visitors) - Facing Heaven Chilli Company
Greetings cards with seeds - Grow your own cards
A seed swap, bring your seeds to swap for something different
Alan Wilson, Author of The People's Potatoes with his new book

Plus the chance to share your experiences with other growers (~1,500 attended in 2013)

The location is Testbourne Centre, Micheldever Road, Whitchurch which is just off the A34, 4 miles north of its junction with the A303. There'll be signs from the A34. (see the map).

When you've visited the Day, why not try out some of Whitchurch's eating places or the Silk Mill - there's a special 2 for the price of one entry tickets for those visiting the Hampshire Potato Day

To advertise the event, there are the 2014 A4 poster here and an A5 poster here (2 on one A4 page) they are Adobe Acrobat files

Don't rush to get your favourite variety - there will be fresh stock of all varieties each day.

If Whitchurch Hampshire is not close enough there are other Potato Days throughout the country, press here for brief details

Seed Swap

Seed Swaps are becoming popular at various venues up and down the country with Brighton’s Seedy Sunday being the largest. We will have a selection of seeds available for visitors to swap for those they have brought along, if anyone would like to take more than they bring, a small contribution will cover the “transaction”. All seeds (provided they are viable) are welcome, flowers, vegetables, wild flowers, trees and shrubs, be they home collected or those surplus to requirements from packets overfilled by seed companies. For home collected seed all we ask is that it is labelled with the name of the species, variety and the year it was collected, if it’s unusual some details would be helpful. Pay envelopes (about 3” x 4”) are perfect containers but any small envelope will do, provided they are well sealed to stop the seeds leaking out.

Green Manure

Green manures are a very useful way to build up the fertility in the soil, without have to make and transport compost/manure. Over winter they also dramatically reduce the leaching of nutrients. One problem is that (like lots of potato varieties they are not easily available. We intend to have a small number of the 10 or so main green manures available at over off retail prices – there will be a relatively small quantity this year to see how stock goes. We expect to have seed of the following at ~ 65p per packet:

Spring/Summer
Late Summer/Overwinter
Alfalfa (lucerne) - coverage 40 sq m
Buckwheat - coverage 15 sq m
Crimson Clover - coverage 30 sq m
Fenugreek - coverage 20 sq m
Field Beans - coverage 6 sq m
Lupin, Blue - coverage 20 sq m
Mustard - coverage 25 sq m
Phacelia - coverage 25 sq m
Grazing Rye - coverage 6 sq m
Trefoil - coverage 35 sq m
Tares - coverage 10 sq m

Organic Fertilisers

Although now available in garden centres the prices are quite high. We will have stocks of

Dried blood - 1.5kg for ~2.50
Fish, blood and bone meal - 2kg for ~2.50
Bone meal - 3kg for ~2.50

 

This page was last updated on 22nd January 2014

This event is sponsored by Working4Whitchurch
and supported by, Hampshire Organic Gardening Group, the Friends of Whitchurch Primary School and the good folk of Whitchurch

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