Harvesting Potatoes for Winter Storage
The summer gardening season has come to a close and my favorite crop of the year was potatoes. This was my first attempt of growing these tubers, and I only planted one variety. They were fantastic! We ate the new spuds throughout the summer, typically just seasoning them, wrapping them in foil and throwing them on the grill. Now I am harvesting potatoes for winter storage. This should be completed once the vines die off, but before the soil freezes.
How to Harvest
I removed the remaining potatoes by carefully digging them up when the soil was dry. Then I placed them in a cardboard box to continue drying for about a week. You shouldn’t wash the potatoes, so I brushed the loose soil off of them and am storing them in paper bags in a cool, dark cabinet. I will keep checking on them and hope they will last for a few months although red potatoes do not store as long as other varieties.
I definitely plan to keep some of these for seed potatoes, and I will purchase other varieties for planting in the spring! Now it is time to think about preparing the garden for winter.