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Old 08-22-2012, 02:17 PM   #76
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August 22, 82 days in. I pulled one of the plants today to check out the new potato situation. The plant looked like it had a lot of potato nodules, but it only had a handful of new potatoes on it. I replanted this plant in the off chance that it will carry on but I don't think it will. All of the other plants are slumping over. The mulch was a bit dry so I gave them a drink. I had to thrash the other plants around a bit while I was trying to pull the one plant, but I think they'll be OK.

The new potatoes are very fine skinned. I knew this going in but was surprised as to how delicate the skin really is. I'll clean them up and roast them with a little olive oil and fresh rosemary tonight for an appetizer.

One thing I should note is that the cage, being so high, makes it difficult to pull just one plant. I had to open up the cage, rummage out the plant and dig, then close the cage and put the soil back in. This will make things easy for the full harvest but it was a PITA today. Single plants in planters or raised beds might be an easier way to go if you are dedicated to your new potatoes.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:24 PM   #77
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And here is the potato course from this evening's meal. Very tasty. Not grainy or starchy at all. A pinch of salt and some rosemary was about perfect for these.

I won't be feeding myself completely off of these potatoes, but a nice treat. I'm going to let the others ride for the rest of the season and see what I get.
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Well done potato farmer!!
They look delicious
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:40 PM   #79
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Creeper - quick question, what type of potato are you growing? I'm wondering if the differences in the plants are due to their type.
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As I said before this year I didn't buy seed potatoes. I just had remnants in the store bought bags. So its a mixture of russet, white and reds.

But I have been growing them for years. In my experience I have never noticed a difference in the plants. I can't tell what kind of spud you'll dig up by the plant alone.

This year was by far the least productive for me.

I'm sticking with you had too many plants so close together.
Actually thats not a bad crop for just one plant. They look like baking potatoes, so they would have gotten much bigger
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98 days in, the potato plants are withered and decaying. Not completely dead yet but on the way out for sure. I *think* this is normal.

I believe it was mentioned that it is OK to leave the spuds in the ground for awhile so they can harden off a bit, right? If so I'll wait for a cool dry day around the end of the month to tally my harvest.
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Thay won't harden off in the ground. To do that you dig them up and store, unwashed in a dark cool place

I just mentioned that I have left mine in the ground before past a killing frost and they were ok. I probably only did that because I didn't have a chance prior to dig them up.

Sometimes if they get too big, you run the risk of rot in the middle
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OK, so when should I pull them? We're supposed to get some cool dry weather this coming week.
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I would go ahead anytime you feel like some fresh spuds. I doubt they're going to grow anymore at this point.

Don't forget to post a pic of your harvest. BTW how delicious were the last batch?
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Will do. I'll wait for the plants to die off completely and I'll pull them, probably later this week or early the following week.

The early potatoes were heavenly - wish we had more of them!
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The early potatoes were heavenly - wish we had more of them![/quote]

You Do!!! They're right in your backyard !

The remaining ones will still have the same texture if you eat them promptly

Enjoy !!
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September 18, 108 days in. The day of reckoning has arrived!

The plants were good and dead and we had dry weather over the last several days, so it seemed to be time to pull them out. You can see in the pictures what I got for my efforts! Maybe 1 to 1.5 lbs of potatoes.

Several good sized and formed potatoes, several potatoes that seem to have split and healed, and several with knobs and bumps all over them. I understand that the splits and the bumps are due to overwatering - funny looking but still edible.

Roasted new potatoes for me and the missus tonight!

I am going to reserve some of the small ones for seeds so I can try this again next year. I think the heat was a bit hard on them this year. I think the caged hill is a good idea, except that I will probably make the cage half the height and put fewer plants in each. I also think I should plant them out in the back where I will be less inclined to baby them.

Good fun and a great learning experience. Thanks for the advice Creeper!

Until next year....!
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That looks like a fine crop there. I'm glad if I was able to help. If you had spaced them out more, each plant would have produced the pictured amount.

Too bad my own crop was a failure. I'm actually surprised that mine did fail, as spuds are so easy to grow.

I think as I've already stated it must have been due to the fact that I used grocery store potatoes.

Other years I've had a mixture of seed and bagged. so I've never really known what was what. The kids really like digging for potatoes. They act like they found a hunk of gold when they uncover one

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