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    AllotmentMummy is offline Seedling
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    Default Request for a third potato recommendation

    Hey Guys - I am just organising my potato crop for this year. I'm pretty keen on Kestrel given the great write up they get, and I love Anya potatoes so am definitely going to grow some of those. I'd like to grow a third type - what would you recommend? I'm a bit lost as to whether the Kestrel and Anya are earlies, second earlies or maincrop - can anyone confirm please? Depending on what they are I feel I ought to pick a third variety based on trying to get more coverage across the year. Any advice appreciated. Thanks

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    I can’t advise from personal experience, but maybe this link will help? (Other seed companies are available).

    https://www.thompson-morgan.com/potato-selector-guide

    Some folk also like to include a blight resistant variety as a bit of an insurance policy.

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    I wouldn't count Anya in the early, second early, late types. To me they are a salad spud. As an early, I grow Red Duke of York, Second early I grow Kestrel. Really good all rounder. For maincrop/late, this last year I grew Cara. Stupendous crop with many big enough for baking. A word of caution though, Cara are usually slug magnets so be prepared to use nematodes to control that.
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    Anya is a salad potato, but they are 2nd early maturity according to the Potato Database
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    Kestrel is also a 2nd early
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    Lady Christl is a good 1st early if you fancy one of those
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    and I love Desiree or Cara potatoes for mains
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    Charlotte.
    Absolutely brill for salads and later make slightly waxy chips. Don't break up in stews either.
    "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

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    I love pink fir apple potatoes, the taste is perfect. Unusual long knobbly tubers which are very interesting.
    they've not got the best yield (at least with me) and apparently susceptable to blight, but found them to be ok. For me, if you've got a small corner spare and you fancy growing something a little different, give them a go
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    I grow sharpes express as my earlies
    charlotte as my second early
    pink fir as maincrop

    what kind of soil are you on and what are your priorities (yield/type of spud/disease resistance etc).
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    Lady Christl is a superb potato, good for early salad potatoes but also nice if left to grow bigger, when it makes good mash, chips and roasts. Highly recommended, if you can get it. Others I like are Nicola (similar qualities to Lady C), Charlotte which is more waxy in texture, and Desiree which makes lovely mash and keeps better than the others as it is a maincrop.
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