Date: 30 January 2016 - 31 January 2016
Location: Testbourne Community Centre, Micheldever Road, Whitchurch, Hampshire
A good day out and an event not to be missed by anyone interested in growing good flavoured, quality potatoes.
150 different varieties available and 30 of these are also available as organic seed potatoes. These can be purchased in 2.5 gm nets or, more interestingly, as individual tubers, so people can enjoy experimenting by growing a few plants of varieties that are new to them. The potatoes on offer range from ‘heritage’ varieties dating back to the 19th century, right through to the most recent introductions. To assist choice, an informative and very comprehensive catalogue is available (price 50p), and it is recommended that a copy of this is bought on arrival and quietly browsed through over a cup of coffee before deciding what to buy.
Chris Bird, from the Horticultural Department of Sparsholt College gives a talk each morning on growing potatoes and practical advice is on hand throughout both days from potato experts Dave Chapell and from Richard Stevens (who supplies the tubers) and his team. Pea and bean seeds, also onion and shallot sets are available.
There are activities for children and refreshments. A number of trade stands selling seeds, plants, preserves, and organic vegetables are in the main hall.