A lovely soft waxy-textured new potato with white skins and flesh that is ideal for boiling as a salad or new potato. Potato ‘Pentland Javelin’ bulks up slightly later than other first earlies to produce a high yield. This first early variety has good all round disease resistance, particularly to golden eelworm.
When growing first early potatoes in the ground avoid planting in soil where potatoes have grown for two years in succession to reduce the risk of disease. Prepare the planting area in a sheltered position in full sun on moist well drained soil. Dig in plenty of well rotted manure. Plant potatoes in rows at a spacing of 30cm (12″). Rows should be set out 60cm (2′) apart. Place the seed potatoes into 10cm (4″) deep trenches and backfill the soil to refill the trenches. When shoots reach 20cm (8″), mound up soil around the shoots leaving just a few cm showing. Repeat this process after a further 3 weeks.
Where space is limited, try growing potatoes in potato bags on the patio. Fill an 8 litre potato bag to just below the top of the bag with good quality compost mixed with some well rotted manure. Carefully plunge a single chitted potato tuber into the compost with the shoots pointing upwards at a depth of 12cm (5″) from the soil surface. Place the bags in a sunny position and water regularly to keep the compost moist.