Then - again like everybody else - the awful weather caused poor growth - then blight - and a rubbish crop that fed us for about 2 meals.
I harvested what I could and cleared the plot. In August I noticed that a few plants had re-emerged - this is normal as its almost impossible to clear a bed entirely of potatoes. I decided to let them grow on a bit on the off chance that I might get a small second harvest. In September I did indeed get a few more of eatable size out - then sowed Mustard Green Manure ......
Later - back home - I noticed that a few of the smaller specimens had chitted (grown shoots). So i decided to have a go at growing them on through the Autumn. Probably an absolutely mad idea - and I have no great hopes of getting a crop.
But nothing ventured ... and it will be an interesting experiment. Plus it has cost me absolutely nothing.
I took one of the pots left over from Summer growing in the garden, emptied it to halfway then planted three potatoes about three inches deep.
I placed the pot in a sheltered corner of the garden and left it to get on with it.
New potatoes for Christmas day ? Not counting my chickens - or potatoes - but it will be interesting to see what happens.
Regardless - I'll be planting a few spuds - in pots or bags - in the garden in Spring. I've done this before and found that they are a bit less vulnerable to blight than those grown on the allotment. Will post about that in due course.