Saturday, October 12, 2013

What if I have some Potatoes yet to Dig

I have one row of potatoes still to dig. So what can I expect? They have been mature for several months and the tops died back.

Potatoes keep extremely well in the ground and cure for good storage. There is probably no better place for them to be than in their natural high humidity habitat.

One you dig them don't wash them until they are to be used as the washing process can introduce mold and remove the natural protection against spoilage.

Potatoes that are well cured and unwashed can keep until spring and be eaten or planted. I had 4-5 buckets of Yukon Gold potatoes that kept until May and I sold them at the May market. Pretty good season extension.

I also like the variety Carola for long term storage.

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