Know your tatties

Fancy growing your own potatoes this year? Now is the perfect time to get started and we have everything in stock that you'll need! Get to know the varieties available and find out which potatoes will be best for you in our handy guide...

Maris piper

Good all rounder. Dry, floury, creamy white flesh. Good flavour. 
Plant in March / April. Harvest in September / October
Great for chipping and baking!

King Edward

An attractive potato. Yellow skin with pink eyes. Creamy white flesh that rarely discolours on cooking.
Good for boiling / chipping and great for baking
Plant in March / April. Harvest in September / October

Pink Fir Apple (Maincrop)
Firm fleshed, nutty flavour. Best sliced and cook the unpeeled tubers as you would for new potatoes. Excellent boiled or for salad use in winter

Plant March / April. Harvest in September / October

Red skinned, pale yellow firm flesh. Good all round cooker. Rarely discolours after cooking
Plant March / April. Harvest in September / October

Red skinned, good all round cooking qualities. Suitable for boiling, baking and Chipping
Plant in March / April. Harvest in September / October

Very attractive potato with good cooking qualities. Good salad potato
Great for boiling
Plant in March / April. Harvest in August / September

Golden Wonder

Pale lemon flesh. Great flavour. Ideal for soup, chipping and baking.
Plant in March./ April. Harvest In October

Rocket (1st Early)
A very early maturing variety and an excellent yielder. Round, white fleshed tubers which are resistant to blackleg. 

Good for boiling and baking
Plant in March / April. Harvest in June / July

Arran Pilot
(1st Early)
A white, almost greyish white fleshed variety with a firm waxy texture that does not disintegrate on cooking. Pleasing flavour. 
Good for boiling and baking
Plant in March. Harvest in July

(1st Early)
Produces a lot of small pale yellow fleshed tubers. Excellent flavour. Great salad potato and superb blight resistance. 
Plant in March / April. Harvest in July / August

Red Duke of York
(1st Early)
A very deep red early potato which is softer and more moist than white Duke of York
Great for boiling
Plant in March / April. Harvest in July / August

(2nd Early)
Pale yellow fleshed. Firm, dry texture. Excellent flavour, great baker. A good table potato, at it’s best before Christmas
Great for baking
Plant in March / April. Harvest in August / September

Maris Peer
(2nd Early)
Creamy white flesh. Good salad potato. Throws plenty of small potatoes. Great for baking
Plant in March / April. Harvest in August / September

(2nd Early)
Creamy flesh. Dry texture. Good flavour. Purple eyes. Ideal show potato
Great for baking
Plant in March / April. Harvest in August / September

(2nd Early)

Excellent cooking potato. Great for salads. Low dry matter which means it is less likely to ‘boil away’
Great for boiling and baking
Plant in March / April. Harvest in August / September

New to growing vegetables? Need a little help on where to start? Please just ask a member of our team. They'll be very happy to help! 

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How to grow your own potatoes in containers


Growing potatoes in containers is really easy and the perfect solution if you want to grow your own but have limited space. There is also much less chance of soil borne pests and diseases.

Now is the perfect time to get started and we're fully stocked with everything you'll need.

Why not have a go?! Our easy to follow, step by step guide will tell you how...

What you need:
Potato bag or container
Multipurpose or vegetable compost
Seed potatoes 3/5 depending on size of container 
Potato fertiliser 

How to do it 
Fill the container up with the compost.
Plant the potatoes 12-15cm into the compost and cover.
Incorporate fertiliser into the top 10cm of compost.
Water in well.
Place in a bright, frost free place and water when the compost begins to dry out. 

First and second early varieties particularly benefit from chitting which is the process of producing shoots before planting. This will  produce faster growth and heavier crops.
Sit the potatoes in egg boxes with the most “eyes” facing upwards and place in a bright frost free room.
Plant out when the shoots are about 2.5cm tall between early March and end of May.

First and second early varieties can be harvested when the plants begin to flower. Have a dig under the compost to make sure they are big enough. With main crops wait until 2 weeks after the leaves have withered.   

Lay out to dry, then store in hessian or paper bags in a dark, cool place.

Handy info
Smaller early new potatoes take 10 weeks from planting to cropping, second early 13 weeks and large main crop varieties for baking take 15 -20 weeks. Main crop are better suited to growing in the ground but can also be planted in containers!




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Vegan vegetable tagine

This week our Vegan vegetable tagine will be on the menu in Cafe Panola on Friday and Saturday. Why not come in for lunch? Or have a go at making it at home with our easy to follow recipe:
Vegan vegetable tagine
serves 4
1 Parsnip diced
2 Peppers diced
1 Red onion 
2 Carrots
1 Sweet potato
8 Mushrooms
2 Sticks of celery
1 Courgette
2 Table spoons of oil
2 Tins of chopped tomatoes
1 Tin of chick pea's
2 Table spoons of tomato puree
1/2 a cup of chopped apricots
1 vegetable stock cub
1 teaspoons of coriander
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of cinnamon 
Salt and pepper 
Gently fry the diced parsnip, sweet potato, celery and carrots in the oil for about 10 minutes. 
Add the rest off the veg. Add the spices and gently fry for another few minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients and season. Simmer over a low heat until the veg is cooked and the sauce has thickened. (approximately 1 hour).  Serve with freshly made cous cous or rice. 
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Sunday roast lunches


Sunday roast lunches

Our hearty Sunday roasts are back. Available every Sunday 12 - 3.30pm in Cafe Panola. There's a choice of two roast meats served with fluffy roast potatoes or mash, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puds and gravy - Come in, cosy up and enjoy proper homemade food in Cafe Panola this January.

Only £8.95 (small portion £5.95)

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Seasonal nursery staff vacancy

Seasonal nursery staff required. Temporary Position.

Vacancies are available at our nursery for people to help grow young plants.

We have various jobs, from sticking cuttings, to running transplanting machines, moving plants, watering, picking and packing.

We are looking for quick manual workers with nimble fingers.

You will be fully trained on the jobs we are offering.

We need successful candidates to work 5 days out of 7. This will include some weekend work.

Part-time workers are also required, however we are looking for people to work regular part time hours and days agreed in advance.

Immediate start. Hourly rate £7.83

We are located on an easy bus route from Edinburgh - 37/47

Apply by sending your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please specify in your CV if you are applying for full time or part time

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary

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