So earlier this year I did a post about Panting Potatoes and I got a lot of response to it. My friend Carrie ask me to do one about harvesting potatoes and I am more than happy to oblige.
Usually the potato vie will grow and be full and robust and then bloom and then it will slowly die off and that's when you will harvest them, but that wasn't the case with mine this year.
Ya see mine had a problem with disease and I wasn't able to get out there and spray them near as much as they needed so the plants looked pretty bad and...
Some of them just died off. When this started to happen I decided it was time to get out there and start diggin' them.
Every once in a while you might get a causality. Throw this one on the top of the pile and make mash potatoes with it later, or if you have a lot of potatoes just chuck it.
Now even if you use a potato fork or you pull them, you will still probably have to get down on your hands and knees and do a little diggin' cause there will be some down there hiding from you.
What I found to work the best for me is to straddle the row and just go to town turning the the soil and bringing them to the surface.
Now I won't lie, I really thought I wasn't going to have many tatters this year since I had the disease problem but...
I was wrong. This what I got from one row so double this and well I have tatters coming out my ears!!!
O-well they keep pretty well. If you have a cool dry place that is best for storing them.
I have to settle with a just a dry place, cause there is no such thing a cool around here right now.
As you can see they are pretty easy to harvest, the only thing you have to worry about is not finding all the tatters when you are digging. So if you are having little kids help with the digging, you might want to follow them to make sure they found them all, cause I'm sure they will miss some along the way.
Once again if you have any questions feel free to ask.