the great potato harvest

i’ve written about my great love of growing potatoes in several posts this season.  but i’ve not written any posts of my great love of harvesting potatoes – and really that’s where my love of growing potatoes lies – the harvest.  everything is just a set up for the great joy of digging potatoes.

the yield off of 3 potato plants - not too shabby

this last week we pulled the first of the potatoes – and i can’t say i was disappointed, while i only needed a few volunteers to harvest the potatoes, but i choose to teach everyone how to harvest.  while you could say it was my desire to educate our volunteers – and you would be right – there is certainly the other motivation – and that is the reaction that folks emit the first time they see potatoes dug.  even if folks think they are in control of themselves they almost always seem to react the same way with an audible gasp as the tubers tumble out of the ground.

digging potatoes

off of 100 row feet of potatoes we harvested over 120 pounds of potatoes – a pretty fine yield.

in addition to the actual potatoes, we also harvested plenty of potato fruit.

potato fruits

these little fruits are full of seeds for all kinds potatoes.  ideally they would fully ripen on the plants, but we have fall cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower to plant in its place, so i have been harvesting them green and hopefully they will ripen off the plant.

all those potatoes make my mind turn to a meal and the sugar snap peas planted right next to them seemed like a great combination.  at home i boiled up a few potatoes, steamed some peas, sautéed some homemade pickled lemons and home-grown garlic in some homemade cultured raw milk butter, and sprinkled some chopped cilantro grown by one of the community gardens at work.



2 responses to “the great potato harvest

  1. What exactly does one do with those little potato seeds? I’ve only ever bought seed potatoes and planted that way. But this year I do seem to have a good crop of those little seed pods. Can you grow potatoes from seeds in a year or does it take closer to two years?

  2. buying seed potato is the tried and true method for producing spuds. you can’t really go wrong with that – you will get exactly the same taters cause they are vegetatively propagated. since the flowers have crossed with other potatoes it means that you will be getting a new variety. and because of some complex issues of potato genetics you will actually likely get a new variety not from each fruit – but each seed. whoa! so you plant those out and you have no idea of what you will get. likely most will be losers, but a few might be great. and while there are some seeds that are being sold that can bear potatoes in the first year, those that you save will not be anything more than little tiny tubers the first year. it will take a second year to get something of any real size.

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