Lazy Potatoes


I didn’t plant any potatoes this year, much to my chagrin.  The spring was much too wet, and we didn’t have anywhere to store a potato harvest, anyway.  I’ve got big plans for next year’s potato planting, but this year it just made more sense not to grow any.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t harvested any potatoes this year, though!

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We planted a lot of potatoes last year, and in the mad rush that was harvesting we apparently forgot a few.  Those forgotten potatoes somehow, miraculously, made it through the wettest winter on record without rotting, and then started making new potatoes!

In the ensuing months we rototilled over them; we mowed down their greens instead of mounding them up; we may have even covered them with tarp at some point in a futile attempt to kill off the weeds.

And yet, walking through the garden one afternoon, distracted by thoughts of fall planting, what should my feet accidentally kick up but little red potatoes!  Potatoes that were practically pushing themselves out of the ground.

There were just enough good ones to make a delicious potato salad!

Next year I’ll be back to planting potatoes, since I’ll have a place to cure and store them.  But for now, thank goodness for last year’s potatoes.  A gift that just keeps on giving.


14 thoughts on “Lazy Potatoes

  1. The EcoFeminist says:

    Yeah we learned last year to never change the place of where we plant potatoes, as the bed that used to be in which now have carrots and onions have constantly been battling the volunteers left over from last year that weren’t caught.

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  2. bluestempond says:

    We planted potatoes for the first time this year and are a bit unsure what to do with them. How to know when to harvest them, do we really need to mound over the plants, what if we don’t weed around them (we haven’t.) This will be an experiment for us.

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    • Julia at Home on 129 Acres says:

      We’re two years into potato growing, and I’m no looking back. The flavour of a homegrown potato is absolutely noticeable, and they’re a super easy crop. I’ve heard mixed reviews about mounding (we do). We harvest when the foliage dies back. Good luck!

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  3. Julia at Home on 129 Acres says:

    We rotated our potatoes (we like to do that for nutrients and pests) but somehow we have a whole row of Russian Blue potatoes that popped up in our winter rye. They seem to be doing quite well and are in a perfect row. I must have missed a whole lot of little tiny potatoes last fall somehow.

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  4. Julie Laing | Twice As Tasty says:

    We had a similar thing happen this year: I thought we’d done a good job of harvesting last fall, but after tilling, adding new compost, mounding beds, and planting our saved seed potatoes, we saw our first potato plants sprout in the rows between our new beds! We couldn’t bring ourselves to just pull those plants, so we’ve been dancing around them for the last couple of months. They’ve gotten so big now that I had to start pulling plants last week: and discovered my first potato harvest! I rolled them straight into my Basic Potato Salad, along with baby carrots thinned from their bed.

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