Being a member of the allotment, I’m entitled to use the allotment shop and get discounted products – such as seed, fertiliser etc. It’s not at the same site as my plot, but is only a 2 minute drive away.
We wanted to plant some potatoes so went there and asked the two gentleman who ran the shop what are the easiest to grow and work well for roasts. They suggested the Charlotte and Désirée varieties. They also said cheap fertiliser worked well, and that there was no need to fork out on expensive brands.
Upon returning back to our plot we dug over the ground where we wanted to plant our spuds to loosen it all up. Then, we dug a small trench for the potatoes, placed them in, and then dug the earth from either side of these trenches to cover them. This resulted in us having mounds for the potatoes, with trenches either side.
The plan is, that as the potatoes grow, they’ll start shooting through the soil, and as they do, you take more soil from the trenches to cover the shoots. This gets you the best yield of potatoes.