Mini Potato-Day Fire Sale

One last chance to get your hands on some of the stock from this year’s online Potato Day!

Head over to the Sir John Stirling Maxwell Allotments this weekend and browse what’s out on the tables. Everything is reduced from original prices.

If you prefer to pay online first, put your order through on our webshop and just head over to the site to pick it up!

Directions to the Sir John Stirling Maxwell Allotments:

They share a street address with other buildings in the park, so don’t type in their building number on your satnav (we deliberately aren’t telling you it here for that reason!)

Use the name of the plots on Google Maps instead, or follow the map pin below.

Either way:

  • enter Pollok Park the park via the main railway bridge entrance next to Pollokshaws West railway station / the speed camera
  • immediate right turn onto the private single-track lane parallel to the railway tracks
  • the vehicle gate will be unlocked today, so just push it open but please push it closed again after you go through
  • best to drive past the pavilion and turn in the turning circle, and park facing back the way you came (otherwise you’re squashed with your driver’s door along a wall…)
  • just call out for someone if nobody has heard you coming at the gate!

The Pavilion
Sir John Stirling Maxwell Allotments
Pollok Park

Potato Day 2022 – Early Plans

It might still be early days, but the wheels have started turning on plans for next year’s Potato Day!

We’ll again be taking bulk orders from whole allotment sites at a reduced cost – details below.

We’ll then open our online shop for personal orders for individual buyers in mid-January update: open now!

We hope to move back to a physical event as soon as we’re sure it’s safe and manageable, but for this year at least, we’ll keep it simple and go through our website.

While you’re here…

Seed Potato Stock – Going Cheap! 🥔💸


Linlithgow and District Allotment Society (LADAS) recently had their very own potato day, and they’ve got some seed potato stock left over. They’re happy to let it go at cost price, so if anyone missed out on Glasgow’s recent potato day (or just can’t get enough) then get in touch direct with Alison from LADAS by next week (commencing Monday 9 March) – alison.valentine [@]

One of their members will bring the seed potatoes to a central location in Glasgow at a time to be firmed up once the orders have come through.

VarietyPrice per kgApprox potatoes left (kg)
First EarliesEpicure£0.644
Maris Bard£0.828
International Kidney£0.643
Sharpe’s Express£0.641
Second EarliesCharlotte£0.8219
Maris Peer£0.7211
Main CropDesiree£0.6411
Red King Edward£0.824
Pink Fir Apple£0.826
Pink Gypsy£0.828

It’s Potato Day 🥔

It’s only the biggest day of the year!

If you’re a follower of our Facebook group, you’ll have been reading about all the last-minute details posted by Jan, our fantastic Potato Day organiser.

For those of you who haven’t, here’s a run-down of the key info:

  • The venue: Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre (in Dennistoun, just off Duke Street and near Bellgrove railway station)
  • The time: 11am – 3pm
  • The programme: potato sales, workshops, face painting, seed swapping, and cake!
  • The potatoes: see down below, or download the list to your device:
  • 12 noon workshops

    Keeping Bees on the Allotment

    Many folk say they’re interested in keeping bees but there are many things to consider, especially on an allotment site. Hear first-hand experience, valuable advice, and enthusiasm for bees!

    Speaker: Delia Henry, independent bee-keeper

    An Intro to Home Composting

    Rose will explain how to enrich and improve your garden or allotment with home-made compost and reduce kitchen and garden waste. She’ll cover how to set up a composting system, where, when, how and why, what (and what not!) to compost, as well as how ot manage your system and any problems.

    Speaker: Rose Harvey, master composter

    Wild Secrets of the Hidden Gardens

    What and where are the Hidden Gardens? Find out about its development from an abandoned derelect site to the beautiful community oasis that it is today. Come and hear about the wildlife-fireldy garden projects and surveys going on, and how you can encourage and sustain wildlife on your plot, community, school or home gardens.

    Speaker: Paula Murdoch, Hidden Gardens

  • 1:30 workshops


    Have you ever considered saving your own seed? Seed-saving is easy and it saves you money. Learn the basics of saving seeds from your own home-grown produce, as well as the steps for better germination and growing stronger, healthier plants.

    Speaker: Richie Walsh, Glasgow Community Food Network

    Glasgow City Food Plan

    We all love food and we all enjoy growing it. Discover how Glasgow can grow high-quality, fresh, local, organic produce that is available and affordable for all, and when good food is a celebrated part of our culture.

    Speaker: Abi Mordin, Glasgow Community Food Network

    Healthy Soil

    Living soil has the same four basic requirements we do: food, water, shelter and air. How do you look after your soil? What type of diet does itneed? How do you supply what’s missing? Come and learn how to build soil health, and maintain it all year round.

    Speaker: Emma Iller, Urban Roots

Potato Varieties

VarietyOrganic?Cropping  Time
1Accord1st early
2Arran Pilot1st early
3Casablanca1st early
4Duke of York 1st early
5Dunluce1st early
6Epicure1st early
7International Kidney1st early
8Lady Christl1st early
9Maris Bard1st early
10Pentland Javelin1st early
11Premiere1st early
12Red Duke of York1st early
13Rocket1st early
14Sharpes Express1st early
15Swift1st early
16Winston1st early
17Abbott2nd early
18Bambinoorg2nd early
19Bonnie2nd early
20Charlotte2nd early
21Elfe* 2nd early
22Gemson2nd early
23Kestrel 2nd early
24Nadine2nd early
25Nicola2nd early
26Shetland Black 2nd early
27Wilja 2nd early
28Vivaldi*2nd early
29Yukon Gold2nd early
30AmourMain Crop
31Arran VictoryorgMain Crop
32CaraMain Crop
33DesireeMain Crop
34Golden WonderMain Crop
35HarmonyMain Crop
36Kerrs PinkMain Crop
37Kifli Main Crop
38King EdwardMain Crop
39Kingsman Main Crop
40Maris PiperMain Crop
41Mayan Gold Main Crop
42OrlaMain Crop
43PicassoMain Crop
44Pink Fir AppleMain Crop
45Pink Gypsy Main Crop
46Salad BlueMain Crop
47Sarpo MiraMain Crop
48Sarpo ShonaMain Crop
49Red EmmalieMain Crop
50Rooster*Main Crop
All varieties 20p per tuber. 20 tubers of one variety £3 Except for Albert Barlett* pre-packs – can’t be divided

Starting the season 🌱

It’s that time again! The days are getting longer and, if you can dodge the rain for long enough, you can start getting a head-start on your plot.

On 9 January, the bi-monthly GAF meeting had the topic of ‘Starting the Season – Rearing Your Own Plants‘. Some of our most experienced members shared tips and answered questions from newer plotholders in a discussion that was so spirited it had to be forcibly cut off to make time for the business meeting that followed!

For those of you who couldn’t make it along, we’ve packaged up a summary of the key points. Skip on to page 2 below to read them online, or grab yourself a copy to download and keep (and print for the inside of your shed door, perhaps…)

> Don’t miss another discussion – put our bi-monthly meeting dates in your diary.