Spud days chip in with mass A-PEEL

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SPUD enthusiasts had plenty to savour when a special event was held at the John Godber Centre on Hucknall’s Ogle Street last weekend.

Two ‘potato days’ took place there, organised by Maxine Gaskell, of the Hucknall Cottage Gardeners group.

Maxine, who runs a potato club, said: “It is the first time I have organised anything like this. I am delighted by how well supported it proved to be. I feel thrilled to bits.

“The snow obviously hit the turnout on the Sunday but I am thrilled with the overall interest that was shown.

“I had a surplus supply of seed potatoes and I took these to sell at the event.”

“Allotment holders within our group took part and we also had gardeners from Papplewick. It was a good selection.

“Thirty-seven varieties of potato were available. Many people don’t realise how many varieties there are — about 140 altogether.”

Potatoes are the world’s fourth largest food crop, following rice, wheat and maize.

The first early potatoes mature in 60 to 110 days. Planted towards the end of March, they are ready for lifting from late June or early August.

Maxine enthused: “I would strongly encourage people to grow their own potatoes. There is no taste quite like potatoes you have planted and grown yourself.”

Glenis Swift, a beekeeper, put on a small display at the event.

Maxine is so pleased with the success of her initiative that she is hoping to have a ‘Potato Day’ in Hucknall every year.

n OUR PHOTO shows Maxine (left) with Jane Turner at the potato day — DISPIC NHUD12-0226-1