Not everyone agrees about the best way to chit potatoes, but in my experience egg boxes are the best. Even the largest ones can be wedged in with the rose end pointing upwards. And the egg box gives you something to write on. If you're like me and you like growing several varieties, then remembering which is which is often the biggest challenge.
The earlies really benefit from chitting as it gives them a head start when they are planted later this month. The mid and main crop varieties chit a bit more slowly, but getting a good start is less important for these as they have all summer to grow.
The earlies we are growing this year are Colleen. They are reported as having a good resistance to blight and scab as well as being good to boil or fry. All too often new potatoes can disintegrate into a gloupy soup when boiled, so we are hoping these will be a little more rubust.
Our salad potatoes are Charlotte, the queen of salad potatoes. Waxy, golden and unbeatable in salads, as long as the worms don't get to them first.
Our main crop are Desiree, which after years of trialing different varieties have become my firm favourite. They grow to a good size relatively unscathed, store well after lifting in late Sep and are invaluable throughout the winter for jackets, roasts and mash. Sunday lunch wouldn't be the same without them!