Here’s the pictorial story of last month’s potato harvest. The variety we grew is called “Purple Majesty”, bought from Territorial Seed Co. in Oregon. It’s a really beautiful potato with both blue skin and meat. We planted 2 lbs. of seed, and had more seed than space to grow it in, so we planted some in pots.
Harvesting potatoes was a lot like going on a treasure hunt: Pulling the plants up, finding the buried treasure, and searching the soil for the ones that might have been missed was really fun!
Since this is our first potato harvest ever, we were concerned about proper storage for the winter. We decided to store them in a crate, in layers of burlap, for air circulation. The crate and burlap were bought from Joann’s. Sewing is something I do a lot of (my first blog here on WP is about my sewing/design career), and I cut and fashioned a liner out of the burlap for the crate.
From the 2 lbs. of seed potatoes, we grew about 17 lbs. of potatoes.
Did I mention that in addition to their beautiful color they’re also delicious? Homegrown potatoes have a very smooth texture that is nothing like store bought. With a bit of both preparation and foresight, we’re now able to have nutritious potatoes during the fall and winter, while at the same time saving $ on our food bill.
Thanks for reading and happy harvesting 🙂