Nikki Teases You with Talk of Potatoes

Jun 5, 2009


Ok, so I lost my camera yet again and have no proof, BUT I harvested about 5 lbs of potatoes. I figure it's a standard grocery plastic bags worth. I planted Yukon Gold back in February or so and decided to pull them out tonight.

My 5 year old immediately screamed for potato chips, but I think I'll be roasting them. I plan on eating all of them at once. I imagine they will be THAT delish! I just toss with olive oil and lemon pepper from this guy. Btw: he'll be at North Haven Gardens this Sunday for Farmer's Market for 10am-2pm.

So, here is what happened. Les, maybe you can explain a few things...
  1. the green plant part was turning brown and falling over. I got maybe 3 blooms on all the potatoes I planted. What's up??? Should I have left them longer? The plants were just too ick.
  2. none of the potatoes were actually found in the straw. they were below the straw, half in the soil. (i planted them in a 4" trench about 5' long.) But, my soil is pretty good. Nice and crumbly. I've been amending obsessively for about 3 years.
  3. I had mostly about 3"-4" in diameter potatoes and a handful of .75" ones.  
  4. of the 10 or so potatoes i planted, only about half produced plants. 
So, there you go. I have potatoes. Now, if I could just figure out where my dang camera was... 

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Leslie Finical Halleck
Jun 05, 2009
11:26 am

1. you don’t have to pull up the whole harvest in early summer - you can pull back your mix and harvest small potatoes, then put it back and harvest a larger amount of larger potatoes in fall after the first frost. If the plants were “ick” that means they contracted a soil fungal pathogen. Might have needed to treat them with a copper fungicide, potassium bicarbonate or the like a bit earlier in the season.

2.Again, more potatoes would have developed up the stem had you left them (unless you plants rotted out due to fungal issues).

3.Right, you had baby potatoes, that’s what you have this time of year. (The plants are starting to develop potatoes when you see them start to bloom). The potatoes would have gotten larger over time.

4. Did you cut them up and cure them? Or did you plant the whole seed potato? I usually end up just planting the whole seed potato so that your chances of them rotting before they root go down dramatically. Especially if you dusted them with sulfur. The ones that didn’t produce shoots either dried up or rotted before they could.

Make sense?

Jun 05, 2009
11:31 am

Actually, #4, funny, b/c I actually planted about half whole and cut a few and dusted and let cure. The ones I left whole, theose are the ones that grew. I found some very interesting and disgusting creatues living in some of the cut ones.

Unfortunately, as life would have this time around, I ignored the garden this spring until last night. Next year I will pay more attention and dust with bicarbonate, etc. at the first sign of problems.

I just…couldn’t…leave them…ugly! But, I will still enjoy my ‘tatoes and learn better for 2010!


jim janknegt
Jun 15, 2009
5:06 pm

I read recently ( can’t remember where) that the early potatoes only set one bunch under ground, where you found yours. Late variety potatoes are the ones that will continue to produce potatoes as you mound up straw (or whatever) around them. I have never grown late potatoes but my experience with early potatoes confirms this. We planted red and white early potatoes and harvested around the first of Junes. We got about 115 lbs. I have some late potatoes ordered from Roningers that I plan to plant in August. First time I have tried doing this.

Jun 18, 2009
5:43 pm

We had some trouble with potatoes this year too.  The plants started to turn yellow and die about a month earlier than they should have, and all we got were fist-sized potatoes or smaller.  It turned out that we had a disease called ‘early blight’.  But you don’t have that or you would have noticed that your tomatoes are starting to die in the same way that the potato plants did.

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