Evidently a little rain in the night, but it had dried up by the afternoon. Gathered sticks for dwarf m. daisies. Prepared a place to sow canary creeper (about 10 days hence), burnt up a little rubbish, gave wallflowers liquid manure, roughly raked the potato ground. This is still in rather poor state but probably good enough to sow. There seems to be room for about 250-300 plants. Have only ordered 2 stone seed, so better to order another stone.

Saw blackbird sitting on nest. Wood pigeons evidently have nests. Still no wildflowers except primroses, violets & celandines. Buds shooting pretty well. Bluebells are out in some gardens.

15 eggs. Sold 1 score @ 2/-.

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7 Responses to 12.4.40

  1. Stephen says:

    Presumably the seed is sold by weight. But 3 stone of seed ( = 14 x 3 = 42 pounds) is a hell of a lot of seed. Surely shome mistake? Anyway potatoes are grown from tubers, aren’t they.

  2. DavidP says:

    They are indeed, but the seed potatoes are sometimes just referred to as “seed”. At about 6 to 7 to the pound, 42 pounds would be about right.

    Growing that many potatoes would be very hard work, as indeed would eating them. Anyone would think there was a war on.

  3. Hazel Sabey says:

    Potato tubers are commonly known as seed potatoes. Shows you’ve never had an allotment!

  4. I went tubing once; down the Colorado River.

  5. J Harold Hutchinson says:

    Yes, indeed! But potatoes must be cut into pieces with at least one or better, two ‘eyes’ in each. Our family of eleven consumed around twenty sacks each year. Quantity unknown in each sack. Most miserable job, other than hoeing and hilling was picking potato bugs and dropping each into a small can partly filled with kerosene.

  6. Stephen says:

    I have never had an allotment (?) but I have had a garden and grown potatoes, successfully. The best job was at the end, hoisting them out of the soil with a pitckfork. Like an easter egg hunt, but underground.

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