We’ve been digging potatoes for the last few weeks but it’s approaching the time of year when we’ll have to start thinking about lifting and storing any surplus potatoes.
It doesn’t harm the potato crop to leave them in the ground, and it means you don’t have to worry about finding space to store them. Also I find if you bag your potatoes too soon they are more prone to rot off in the bag.
I leave my potato crop in the ground until the first frost, after which I’ll dig them up, remove the stalks and leave the crop sitting on the top of the soil for a couple of days to dry before storing.
To store my potato crop I use empty 56kg chicken feed bags which are made from layered paper. The paper stops the potatoes from sweating and rotting in the bag. To be honest they tend to get eaten before they have a chance to go bad anyway. 🙂
Sort any green or bad potatoes out before storing or they will turn the rest of your crop. Also never store potatoes near or close to stored fruit if possible as the fruit gives off a chemical that causes the potato crop to sprout.
Final tip, store your potatoes in a cool dry spot like an out house or shed, or if you’re really lucky a cool aerated pantry.
I’ve had a pretty good crop this year despite all the hot weather we’ve been having. I grew Charlotte and Desiree and both have produced a nice clean potato pretty much free from blight.
I really got hit with blight last year and so this year I grew my crop in a completely different location and well away from my tomatoes, which is another tip if you want to avoid blight.
Hope you managed to find room for a few potatoes this year!