Monday, August 2, 2010

Digging Up the Potatoes!

I decided to dig up most of the potato plants because they were looking pretty sad. I try to be very careful not to puncture the potatoes with the hand trowel. Amateur that I am, I pierced through some spuds the last time I dug up some plants.

I had envisioned that we would get 5-6 potatoes per plant, but that is not to be. If we were lucky, we got 4 potatoes on a plant. However, most, we only got 2. I think our soil needs better nutrients next year.

So here's our harvest. I don't have a scale to weigh this, but I'm guessing it's a good 1.5 pounds of potatoes. Most were medium to small potatoes, but we did get 2 large ones. I can't wait to make mashed potatoes with these Yukon golds!

19 comments:

  1. How fun! I've never grown potatoes before. Do they need certain requirements? I'm curious to know if you taste a difference between these and the ones you buy at the store.

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  2. Enough for dinner at least! I grow them in straw cages, but this year had a very disappointing year, too.

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  3. They're going to taste great!

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  4. They look good. I am not sure how many I get per plant- 3-5 if I had to guess.

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  5. It's been a bad year for my potatoes, too. They like cool, wet weather, which we haven't had up in the north east this year. Still- those look lovely and I bet they will taste divine!

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  6. The harvest may not be what you expected but it sure looks good to me. I just dug up all the potatoes that I planted last week because a vole has been burrowing through that entire bed. It's war between it and me....

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  7. The potatoes look very good. Our potato harvests seem to be pretty variable but probably average only 3-4 potatoes per plant. It's not uncommon to only get two. I think the most we've gotten were 5 medium sized potatoes from one plant.

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  8. My potato harvest wasn't as good this year as in the past, either. Do make sure you've dug deeply enough to get them all! I use a spading fork, but I still end up puncturing some....gives me an excuse to pop them in the microwave for a yummy snack ;-)

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  9. Congrats on the harvest. Mine are still looking pretty good so I'm waiting to try to harvest them from the buckets they're growing in.

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  10. Maybe you didn't get as many as you wanted, but what you did harvest still looks great! Are these from seed potatoes, or supermarket potatoes? Enjoy your mashed potatoes!

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  11. Those potatoes look good, I'm trying very hard not to dig up my Yukon Gold, I want to wait until the leaves die back and see how many pounds of potatoes I get from 1 lb of seeds.

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  12. ooh! those look lovely. I just put mine in the ground so I have a long time to wait :(

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  13. Freshly dug garden potatoes are really wonderful eating. Enjoy the fruits of your labors. They look very tasty!

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  14. They look great! They remind me that we need to dig ours up. I've had them come back the next year even though I was sure we had dug all of them up. The homegrown ones definitely have a better flavor than the store bought.

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  15. Looks like a good harvest to me. How'd you like to nurse plants along for months and get a few marbles for all your troubles? You did good.

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  16. We have been enjoying garden potatos for about a week now and they are just wonderful. Your potatos look fantastic enjoy!!!

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  17. Your potatoes look great! I am so anxious to harvest mine soon! The plants are almost completely dead, so it will be soon!! I am using the "potato box" method!

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  18. I got 4 or 5 small to medium potatoes from the early variety I planted in my home garden. The ones across the street, which don't get as much sun, are starting to die back. I was disappointed to see only 1 or 2 small ones under the ones that had already died. I'm wondering if the other plants will have more. I think all the rain made the soil hard. I thought there would be more, because I finally remembered to add dirt as they were growing.

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  19. At least you are growing potatoes. I didn't put any in this year. I miss them.

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