Potato Harvest Tips:
My favorite type of potato is the Red Pontiac. I have fond memories of my Grandparents growing the red potato. My Grandma would cook some of the best meals with their homegrown potatoes. Who could (more) resist that and her homemade bread. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
This year we planted the red potatoes again. We were a little bit disappointed in the harvest. While we got about 400 pounds of potatoes by planting 21 pounds. We felt our production was not as good as it has been in the past. We were a little disappointed because quite a few of the plants did not come up.
After talking with a few of our neighbors we found they were having the same problem. We ask where they bought the seed. It turned out to be the same place we purchased ours. We decided there may have been a problem with the seed. So it is really important to purchase good seed.
Our Crop was still good.
Our potato crop was still good. Most of the potatoes were very large, which is a good thing. We didn’t get as many potatoes from each plant, but I think quality is as good as quantity.
We have really enjoyed digging potatoes with the some of our kids and grandkids. They enjoyed taking the potatoes home.
I always dig a little ways around my plants so I don’t cut any of them while I dig. Dig thru the pile of dirt good so you don’t miss any of those really good little new potatoes. Our grandkids love this part. It is like they find a treasure. If you do accidentally cut into one of them make sure you put them in a different bag and use them right away. They will go rotten fast and may affect your whole bag of potatoes.
After digging we put our bags of Spuds (potatoes) in a cool dry place for now. Building a root cellar is on our list, but we are not quite there yet. A root cellar is a great place to store potatoes. (just not with apples, they don’t store well together) I will start to process my potatoes other ways until we build our root cellar. I don’t want them to go bad before I can use them. Besides, it is starting to feel like winter outside, so I will be more willing to stay inside and work on the processing.
In the next few blog posts
I will show you some of the things I like to do with my potatoes, and how we use them thru the winter. I have tried many different ways and I finally figured out something that works for me. I like to freeze or dry the potatoes as hash browns. Yum one of our favorites. I also like freezing potato wedges. Dried potatoes are really good in soups and stews.
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