Tater Harvest

Post last updated: August 13th, 2018

I started growing Yukon Gold potatoes in the spring of 2011. I tried again in the fall just to see what would happen. I didn’t have full potatoes to plant, just some peelings with eyes that Momma gave me. Them peelings didn’t want to grow in the winter but come spring, this one popped up out of the ground. Recently, another one popped out of the ground. This one didn’t bloom but neither did last spring’s crop. I’ve heard taters bloom, I’ve just never seen it. Maybe it’s so unremarkable you don’t notice.

As you can see, this potato started looking ratty around the edges. I decided it probably had some potatoes since Glo and her husband had been harvesting potatoes. I’m all for hand digging potatoes to avoid damaging them so I got down on my hands and knees and dug around. I found two good sized and two babies.

Most of my dinner came from the garden — the two potatoes, squash, string beans, and a single yellow cherry tomato.

14 thoughts on “Tater Harvest”

  1. We’ve dug up and given away five or six full plastic grocery bags and still have a layer in the bottom of the wheel barrow, and 10 or so plants to dig up. We also got a dozen ears of corn last night, some radishes the size of your hand and some onions. The worms are eating the tomatoes as fast as they are ripening, but the squash is really coming out. My little grandson will be in hog heaven in a few weeks, because we have at least a dozen little watermelons that are almost ripe – he says he loves “the juice of the watermelon”. I’m ignoring the bean plants, because they are a harbinger of a whole lot of work and bug bites to come.

    1. Hey Glo! It’s too bad we don’t have root cellars down here so we could keep our taters and eat them throughout the year. My corn has started to silk so I guess I’ll have corn in a week or so. Try some dish soap and water on those tomato worms and pick off the ones you see. What do you do about the squash borers, though? They are the one critter I can’t seem to control with my organic methods. I have only 10 bush bean plants I’m harvesting from right now. They came from the Extension Agent seed starting class. I have a 28 foot row of pole beans that aren’t yet producing. Did Evie tell you she’s growing tomatoes in pots this year? Last I heard, anyway.

        1. Glo — I read the same thing and immediately planted some dill seeds but I dunno if squash BUGS are the same thing as squash BORERS. Anyway, the dill are now big enough to plant outside if the heat doesn’t get them.

  2. I am growing tomatoes and they are looking fine. Hopefully they’ll turn red in a little while so I can eat them.

    Those potatoes look good. Are those the ones Leyah helped you with? Nevermind you said they came from the skins Momma gave you. Your harvest looks good.

  3. Yum! I’ve been trying to decide if I want to grow potatoes. They take up space that I could be using for something else – and they’re so cheap around here, even the organic ones.

    The more I see around blogland, though, the more I’m thinking about it!

    1. Hi Jen! At $5 a bag, I don’t consider Yukon Golds cheap and I am no longer willing to eat any other potato except Idaho baking. There are any number of space-saving ways to grow them some of which I covered in an earlier potato post — laundry baskets, wood boxes, chicken wire pens — so that you grow them UP rather than in a row.

  4. How wonderful to be eating from the garden already! My squash are just about ready, and I think I have potatoes – but I thought you were supposed to wait until the foliage died down (my first time growing potatoes, so I really don’t know). 🙂 I just planted my beans – and here you already have some!!! Very impressive!

    1. Holley — Yes, you are supposed to wait until the foliage dies down but it doesn’t have to turn completely brown and dead looking. After you’ve done it once, you’ll know how it looks. The potato plants stand up like little green soldiers then they fall over and start to get yellow, scraggly leaves. At that point, you can pull some of the dirt away to see if you have potatoes near the surface. I knew just from looking at mine that it probably had potatoes and it did. I wanted the ugly plant out of my garden. I have beans because I am further south than you and was able to plant earlier.

  5. It’s hard to grow taters in the deep south… I pulled a ratty-lookin plant on Sunday, and them taters wasn’t even as big as marbles…

    Good luck with the hunnert million ancient marigold seeds, I’ve found that they don’t do well after they get old… but… they oughta be a good mulch…

    1. Hey Stone! This year’s harvest wasn’t as big as last year’s but I’m happy with any taters I manage to get out of the ground. They were mostly small; a few that were like your marbles but they were good eatin’, nevertheless. I appear to be having more luck with sweet potatoes this year. I’ve been trying to grow them a couple years. A friend brought some from South Carolina. Don’t know what kind they are but they are actually putting on vines. That’s a good sign, I think. Hey, I even grew corn for the very first time and I’ve gotten at least ONE ear that was fully formed.

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