Remember the seed potatoes I planted back in May? I stuck my hands in the soil yesterday, and discovered not just potatoes, but My Best Potato Harvest Ever! Watch me dig the buried treasure, and get my tips for planting, hilling, and storing this popular crop:
Thanks for watching! And my apologies for shrieking like a kid when I pulled up the rose-colored fingerlings. Digging potatoes is fun, fun, fun!
To transplant our harvest from garden to house, Mr. Fox and I divided the tubers between two heavy-duty shopping bags. Heavy duty, because once filled, each bag weighed at least 35 pounds! As mentioned in the video, these are only the potatoes that were seated close to the soil surface. Many more spuds await my attention. I’ll dig these extras in early October, when my creepy cellar is cool enough to accommodate them.
And speaking of accommodations…
How to Store Potatoes for Winter Use
As mentioned in a previous post, potatoes have several requirements for winter storage. After digging, let the spuds dry outside for a few hours. This brief drying period permits skins to toughen or “cure.” Then gently brush off any loose soil from the tubers, but do not wash them. Loosely pack the potatoes in a container that provides ventilation — I use paper bags most years, but cardboard boxes and plastic milk crates are fine storage containers too. Place the goods somewhere dark, humid, and cool (ideal storage temperature is 45-55°F), and the crop will stay fresh and wonderful for at least 3 months.
Planting and Hilling Potatoes
Not sure how to plant potatoes in a raised bed? I filmed the video how-to for you.
And don’t forget to hill your potatoes, as described in the above video!
Did you plant potatoes this year? How’d the crop work out for you? Talk to me in the comments field below.
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