Saturday, June 9, 2018

Gardening Update: 6/9/218 ... Potato Harvest

We're doing a lot of experimenting this year with our garden.  As we get older we're looking for ways to make gardening easier yet still give us a good yield.  This year we tried growing our potatoes in our raised bed tractor tires.

In March we planted our potatoes …



and they started growing ...



and growing ...


and growing …


and they kept growing until they grew out and over their raised tractor tire beds.

When we got home from traveling a couple of weeks ago the potato vines were dying and we started harvesting, this morning we finished harvesting.

Three 5-gallon buckets of potatoes!!!  We were pleased!  This is the easiest potato crop we've ever grown and it's plenty for us to can, preserve and have some fresh to eat.  (No plowing, hoeing, weeding or lots of bending up and down … now that's my kind of potato growing.) 

Storing potatoes is not an option for where we live because of the high humidity.  They would store fine for a few (as in 3 - 4) weeks but then start rotting, I've tried and tried and tried to store them using different methods, so plan 'B' is to grow them, preserve them and enjoy fresh from the ground potatoes as a seasonal treat before they start going bad.

Can you guess what I'll be doing over the next 2 - 3 weeks???

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16 comments:

  1. That's wonderful! I am interested to see how you will preserve them.

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    1. Wendy, I'll be sure to post as I go along!

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  2. Patsy that is wonderful you have got so many potatoes and it is a really great low maintenance way of doing it :) and supplying your family with additional food .

    Likewise here we cannot store potatoes for a long period of time so our preferred method of preserving as we haven't got room for canning equipment in our small workers cottage is to blanch and freeze them. We grow more sweet potatoes than potatoes though here. We can keep pumpkins though for a long period of time if we put them under the house in our makeshift root cellar for 6 months or more.

    When we buy our property we will be using more raised beds to grow our vegetables in too for less bending and ploughing as well.

    Sewingcreations15.

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    1. Sewingcreations15, we are doing more and more raised bed gardening. It's just easier for us.

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  3. That is our kind of gardening!

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  4. I see lots of mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, and fries in your future. Enjoy everyone. They look wonderful.

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    1. Thank you Making Cents of It All! Most will be preserved!

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  5. Wow, Patsy! That's amazing! Thanks for sharing this technique! I think maybe even we could try this!

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    1. Holley m, it really was not hard at all!

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  6. Lovely spuds crop!

    I'm in South Louisiana, and there is NO cool/dry place to store root veg, as I used to years ago up North! Can't usually keep winter squash or pumpkins either; sometimes acorn squash last a couple of months though. Laura

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    1. Laura, it's the same here so I have to use other means of preserving, but where there is a will, there is a way!

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  7. Do you grow another crop over the summer or in the fall?

    Our potatoes that grew in the compost heap look like they are much larger than the ones I planted in the garden! We are far from having a crop in the garden, yet, but I'm thinking about rooting around under those in the heap and seeing if there are new potatoes under there!

    I have canned potatoes before, but find that I use fresh ones so much I forget to open the canned ones and use them up. Potatoes are very inexpensive around here, and store well, but I still like having a few that are canned on hand for those rare times when we run out of fresh ones.

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  8. What a bumper crop! I love, love, love potatoes in any way, shape or form. I'm amazed you have such a great harvest so soon. We just had our last frost 3 weeks ago. :)

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