Monday, July 29, 2013

Spuds from Our Garden

We harvested 50 pounds of potatoes this morning from a 58 square foot bed!  

Here's what they looked like right out of the garden.
50 Pounds of Freshly Dug Potatoes

I sat on the back deck in the absolutely beautiful weather, and using an old toothbrush, I carefully brushed the dirt from each spud and separated them into three groups.

Group #1
The Pinnacle of Potato Perfection!
25 pounds of mixed, white and red, unblemished potatoes.  
We will try to store these long term.  
I've never tried this before, so we will have to wait and see how it works.

Group #2 
15 pounds of white potatoes.
This group was either too small to keep or blemished in some way 
which made them unsuitable for long-term storage.

Group #3 
10 pounds of red potatoes.
This group had the same size/blemish problems as the white potatoes mentioned above.

This is only the second time we have grown potatoes.
Our first crop had potato scab which made the potatoes soft and mealy - not very appetizing.
  This crop looks (and tastes) much better.
Not bad for our second attempt.

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