This week one of the Weekly Garden Goals is to harvest potatoes. I plant several potato plants this year, knowing I’m going to harvest some early. This way I get potatoes on and the other ones get more room in the garden box.
|Using the Pitch fork|
Planting potatoes is not very hard. I believe it is worth the effort. I planted potatoes two ways this year to try to get as many as I can and see with way is the best. You can read how I Planting My Garden Box 1, which is more traditional. I also try to plant them in bags which you can read about in Gardening - Planting Potatoes in Pot Bags.
|Ground Turned up|
Now is the time, I start to pull up my little potatoes. I harvest just a few, so I can make room for my other to grow bigger. After reading and researching, I found out you can start to dig up potatoes as early as the flower die off the plant.
I take a pitch fork and put it into the ground on a slanted angle and pull put. The fork will remove the plant. Then I start to dig around the root to find the potatoes. Make sure if you plant the purple ones, you squish the dirt, because they hide.
|Pot of potatoes and gardening tools|
Now this is all I will do in the box for now because I have other plants growing and I don’t want to disturbed them. In the fall, I will ask Hubby to help and we will try to dig in the box as much as possible to find the hidden ones.
|Cleaned off potatoes|
After that I brush them off and follow what I did last year (How I harvest My First Potatoes) and start to cure them!
Here Are My Two Favorite potatoes recipes