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Monday, 15 August 2011


Friday, this week, saw Myddelton House Gardens tick off another milestone in its renovation of the Kitchen Garden. We lifted the first potatoes in over sixty years. I felt great pride when lifting the first row although two months late with planting we have had an excellent yield. The variety is named ‘Foremost’. Out of the varieties of potato we are growing this year it is the youngest variety of potato, dating from the year of Mr Bowles’ death.  

‘Foremost’ is a first early. It was initially added to the National Variety list in 1954 and was named ‘Suttons Foremost’.  It became an instant favourite with gardeners for its excellent flavour and resistance to disintegration when boiling. It also offers good common scab resistance. This variety was recognised by the RHS in 1998 with an Award of Garden Merit.  Use: salad, baked, boiled & roasted.
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The produce is now for sale from the Visitors Centre at £2 for 2.5kg.  We have brought an old artefact back into action to help us weigh them out.

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