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Super Sieglinde

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Super Sieglinde

Richard J. Hebda July 2016 I have always enjoyed the versatile yellow-fleshed Sieglinde. This year I tried an experiment with tubers overwintered in the ground. The winter was mild in Saanich, BC and tubers began to sprout in February. I dug them out, rinsed them clean, and replanted whole in well-drained raised beds, covered in horticultural fleece. The results were astounding!! The spring continued the winter-warm trend and the tubers grew into robust plants. New tubers began setting by late April on long stolons and we began removing young delicious potatoes by mid May, with out digging the plants. I continued light watering in the well-drained friable soil and plants began to yellow in June. At the end of the month I started harvesting and to my surprise found masses of fully formed and sized smooth-skinned beauties. Even though spaced 25 cm apart, a typical plant yielded 2.6 kg of excellent quality potatoes. In a 2.5 by 1 m (8 x 3.5 foot) space I estimate the yield was 20-25 kg! These yields match the best in any of our project trials of heritage potato varieties. The bed was prepared with organic debris at 25 cm (10”) depth including small branches, and the overlying soil was lightly fertilized with moderately-aged horse manure. As might be expected in rich soil there was a trace of scabbing on a few tubers. As a bonus, under the mild climate of Vancouver Island Sieglinde overwinters well in the soil and remains edible even in February. Lessons learned: Plant as early as you dare, the tubers will time their own emergence. Cover with row cloth to protect against late winter ground frosts. Ensure good drainage but do not be afraid to include organic matter even a bit of manure for this variety. Tubers take a bit of time to form but they size up quickly. Sieglinde is super potato...

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Canadian Heritage Potato Varieties – Is your favourite on the list?

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Every region of Canada has different potatoes, each with its own unique history.  Many of these have been maintained in home gardens for decades and shared between neighbours. To conserve this genetic diversity, we need to share what we know. In Canada, the Potato Gene Resources Repository in Fredericton, NB preserves heritage varieties, to maintain a broad genetic base for future food security.  They have more than 140 varieties which are available to growers, breeders and researchers. List of Potato Cultivars available from the Potato Gene Resources Repository Name Origin Abnaki  New Brunswick AC Belmont  New Brunswick AC Blue Pride  Newfoundland AC Brador  New Brunswick AC Chaleur  New Brunswick AC Domino  Newfoundland AC Novachip  New Brunswick AC Ouelle  New Brunswick AC Pocat  New Brunswick AC Red Island  Newfoundland AC Sunbury  New Brunswick Acadia Russet  New Brunswick All Red  Alberta Angelina Mahoney’s Blue  Ontario Anson  Newfoundland Austrian Crescent  Ontario Avon  New Brunswick Banana  New Brunswick Batoche  New Brunswick Bauer Grun Rote Auge  Ontario Beauty of Hebron  New Brunswick Belleisle  New Brunswick Black Mignion/The Cup  New Brunswick Bliss Triumph  New Brunswick Blue Mac  Newfoundland Blue Shetland  Ontario Brigus  Newfoundland British Columbia Blue  Ontario Cain’s Irish Rocks  Ontario Calico  Ontario Candy Cane  Ontario Canso  New Brunswick Canus  New Brunswick Caribe  New Brunswick Cariboo  New Brunswick Carlton  New Brunswick Cherokee  Alberta Chinook  New Brunswick Columbia Russet  New Brunswick Conestoga  New Brunswick Congo  Ontario Corne de Mouton  Ontario Cow Horn  Alberta Crotte d’Ours  Ontario Cupids  Newfoundland Donna  New Brunswick Dorita  New Brunswick Earlaine  New Brunswick Early Rose  New Brunswick Elmer’s Blue  Ontario Epicure  New Brunswick Eramosa  New Brunswick Fingerling  Ontario Fortyfold  Ontario Fundy  New Brunswick Garnet Chili  New Brunswick German Butterball  Alberta Gold Coin  New Brunswick Grand Falls  New Brunswick Green Mountain  New Brunswick Haida  Ontario Hindenberg  New Brunswick Houma  New Brunswick Hunter  New Brunswick Huron  New Brunswick Irish Cobbler  Alberta Jemseg  New Brunswick Jogeva Yellow Estonian  Ontario Keswick  New Brunswick Kifli  Ontario La Veine Rose  Ontario Lenape  New Brunswick Libertas  New Brunswick LRC 4373-5b  New Brunswick LRC-373-5  New Brunswick Lumpers  Ontario MacIntosh Black  Ontario Manota  New Brunswick Marc Warshaw’s Quebec  Ontario Matsuyama  Ontario McIntyre Blue  New Brunswick Mirton Pearl  New Brunswick Moursaka  New Brunswick Mrs. Moehrle’s Yellow Fleshed  Ontario Myatt’s Ashleaf  Ontario Nipigon  New Brunswick Niska  New Brunswick Northern White  Ontario Nova Scotia Blue  Ontario OAC Royal Gold  New Brunswick OAC Ruby Gold  New Brunswick OAC Temagami  New Brunswick Pink Fir Apple  Ontario Pink Pearl  New Brunswick Purple Chief  New Brunswick Purple Viking  Alberta Rambling Rose  Ontario Raritan  New Brunswick Red Acadian  Alberta Red Dutch  Alberta Red Gold  New Brunswick Red Warba  New Brunswick Richter’s Jubel  New Brunswick Rideau  New Brunswick River John Blue  New Brunswick Rose Gold  New Brunswick Royal Kidney  Ontario Ruby Pulsiver’s Blue Noser  Ontario Russet Burbank  New Brunswick Sable  New Brunswick Saginaw Gold  New Brunswick Sharon’s Blue  Ontario Shepody  New Brunswick Siberian  Ontario Simcoe  New Brunswick Six Weeks  Saskatchewan Skerry Blue  Ontario Slovenian Crescent  Ontario Straight Banana  Ontario Tobique  New Brunswick Trent  New Brunswick Up-To-Date  New Brunswick Urgenta  New Brunswick USDA 41956  New Brunswick USDA X96-56  New Brunswick White Rose  New Brunswick White Rural New Yorker  New Brunswick Yam  Ontario Yellow Fin  New Brunswick York  New Brunswick Yukon Gold  New Brunswick          ...

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Welcome

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Just a test to see if this is working.

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