This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

freshly dug potatoes

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My husband and I dug potatoes today. 20 lbs - a good haul. Mostly Burbank Russets. A few Green Mountains and Adirondack Reds.

I start digging potatoes, as we need them, a couple weeks after they flower (mid July). I plant the early Reds, Fingerlings, and Butterballs at the front of the bed. I start digging here and then gradually move to the back of the bed to where I planted the keeper potatoes, the Russets and Green Mountains.

My Russet tubers are small - as usual. I plant them close together (about 9 inches). With a small space, I like to squeeze in as much as I can. If I spaced the seed potatoes more, I'd have bigger potatoes, but I'm not sure if the total yield (weight) would be more. I figure that this year I got 40 lbs of potatoes from 35 square feet (a 10 x 3.5 foot bed, with six 3.5 ft rows).

I've found that small baked potatoes are really nice. Perfect for a single serving. They bake up fluffy inside and crisp skin outside. Ahhh....

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Blogger GoneferalinID said...

I just posted our beginning of potato harvest with a blue tub trug!

September 03, 2012 10:23 PM

Blogger kathy said...

That is so funny. The same blue trug!!

I envy your nice Blue potatoes. I didn't grow any Blues this year because each mail order variety costs so much. But I recently found a local garden center where they sell smaller amounts of great varieties of seed potatoes. I look forward trying this next year.

September 03, 2012 10:46 PM

Anonymous Joe said...

The potatoes look nice! What variety of Russet did you plant?

I planted some Buttes this year but I haven't gotten much since I planted them really late and the plants were really under-developed.

September 04, 2012 12:27 PM

Blogger kathy said...

They are Burbank Russets, the most common Russet. Even McDonalds uses these.

September 06, 2012 9:33 PM


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