Calder Valley celebrates the great British spud

Calderdale Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day 2012 Church of the Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd.Todmorden CE School gardening club.

Calderdale Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day 2012 Church of the Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd.Todmorden CE School gardening club.

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SPECIAL spuds will be sprouting all around the Calder Valley after the annual potato day at the weekend.

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners held their yearly Potato Day at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Mytholmroyd. About 250 people visited throughout the day and many bought seeds potatoes from the unusual varieties on offer.

Calderdale Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day 2012 Church of the Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd. Nine-year-old Libby Hargreaves.

Calderdale Valley Organic Gardeners Potato Day 2012 Church of the Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd. Nine-year-old Libby Hargreaves.

Bev Plaxton, the group’s publicity secretary, said: “Everyone had a great day.

“We had lots of positive feedback as people left, saying it was another great potato day.”

There were also children’s activities and youngsters from Todmorden Primary School attended.

Visitors also bought products, including organic compost, environmentally-friendly plant pots and hand-made trugs.

Details of 2013’s potato day – expected to be at the end of February – will be announced nearer the time.

Nearer at hand, though, is the planting date for those seed potatoes.

Yorkshire growers normally say that Good Friday is the day when they will be planting their spuds.

And these days, you don’t need an allotment to grow yourself a decent harvest.

Patio-style tubs are all that is needed to grow your own.