Back in late January, I planted potatoes across the front of our yard. We had recently built the terraced garden beds and filled them with dirt (clay lumps) and stable sweepings. Potatoes are a great way to break up lumpy dirt, rot down manures, and generally improve the soil.
Last Friday, Megan and I dug up the potato plants. Although the plants had died back, I would have liked to have left them a bit longer for the tubers to mature. Unfortunately we’d had a fair bit of rain during the week, and I didn’t want to risk them rotting in the ground.
So, up they came.
All up I think we got about 10-15 kg. Not a huge amount, but not bad. As I’d hoped, the garden bed was nicely broken down and had lots of really fat worms through it. We’re planning to put asparagus in that bed next.
I laid them out on some hessian and cardboard in a dark, airy, dry place in the garage so they could dry out before storing them. Once they were dry, I sorted all the small ones for eating this week, and then put all the bigger ones away in a box.
Potatoes are best stored in layers in a cardboard box, not touching each other, with hessian or newspaper in between each layer. They need to stay dry and cool, out of the light. It’s not so important for this small amount, where we’ll probably eat them all in less than a month, but for larger quantities proper storage is essential.
They taste awesome!