* pathetic potato harvest

Posted on July 11th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden.

I somehow screwed up my trashcan potatoes and they all died last week.  I was optimistic that meant they were ready, even though they never flowered or anything.  So we dumped them all out on a tarp and got this totally underwhelming result.


The photo is approximately real life sized.  These are teeny!  I think I wasn’t watering them enough.  Oh well, better luck next year.

I roasted them with some olive oil, fancy salt, and pepper, and they were delicious.  Extremely creamy in a way you don’t get from the grocery store.

4 Responses to “pathetic potato harvest”

  1. Becket Says:

    okay – when I first saw this photo – I was like, way to go M! But, then you said that the pic was to scale and I was like whoa. Too funny!

  2. Cece Says:

    Did you know that you are actually supposed to let the tops die, and then bury them as well? After burying the tops I usually give them like a month or so before harvest. They do most of their growing after the tops are buryed because they can focus energy on making their roots (the actual potatoes) bigger. Did you do that or did I maybe miss that?

    You could actually start some now again and harvest in Fall if you were so inclined!

    happy planting!

  3. maitreya Says:

    Thanks for the tips! I had been adding in more straw/compost as they grew, but I didn’t bury the tops. And I didn’t realize there’s still time for another crop. Off to find some seed potatoes…

  4. Janet B Says:

    My potatoes are yielding quite small too, but as you say creamy and delicious. I’m leaving them in the ground in hopes for a bigger crop.


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