A Good Year for Potatoes

Part of the 2012 potato harvest

Root Storage Bin

Potatoes loaded into the Root Storage Bin

The 2012 harvest keeps coming. This month, Deborah Miuccio, who manages the test gardens here at Gardener’s Supply, harvested about 60 pounds of potatoes from her family’s backyard garden.

“I planted them in a 4×5′ raised bed and fertilized with a thick layer of our homemade compost. In midsummer, I covered the young plants in straw. The vines grew as tall as my 9-year-old daughter!”

More Information

Keeper Crops: How to store potatoes, onions, garlic, beets, carrots and winter squash.

After harvest, she dried them in a Boot Tray for a few days, then transferred them to the Root Storage Bin in her garage. She thinks potatoes are among the easiest vegetables to grow and store.

“We’ll have more than enough to last us into the winter. More importantly, I’ll impress my mother-in-law at Thanksgiving with pink and purple mashed potatoes.”

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2 Responses to A Good Year for Potatoes

  1. Anonymous says:

    Your picture shows the potatoes touching each other in the storage bin. Is that how to store them or you simply showing us the bin?

    Living on the Oregon coast, when do I plant for next growing season?
    Same for carrots and onions.

    Looking forward to planting & storing lots of root veggies.
    Deanna

  2. Potatoes can be stored as shown once they have been cured. Cure the tubers by laying them out on newspaper in a well-ventilated place that’s cool (50 to 60 degrees F.) and dark (so they don’t turn green). After about two weeks, the skins will have toughened up. Rub off any large clumps of dirt (potatoes should never be washed before storage) and cull any damaged tubers, which should be eaten, not stored. For more details, read this article: http://bit.ly/bhUdXN -David Grist, Gardener's Supply

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