Desiree Potatoes. Planted March and April 2010.
As they grew I piled them up with horse manure and mulch just leaving a little bit of green poking out.
The ones at the back were planted first - about six weeks before the front ones.
This is as high as I mulched as simply ran out of room. I had planted them very near the bottom of this bed (which is two sleepers high).
Spuds!– early ones harvested in July. By August some were twice this big.
Potatoes at back all harvested, middles ones being harvested (fresh when I need them), front ones dying back.
I think I planted eight: three at the back, then a couple of weeks later two in the middle, then a couple of weeks later three at the front. I probably got around 50 potatoes, so not as many as the farmers get, but certainly enough for my wee family. And they tasted DIVINE.
All died back now, but some potatoes are still hiding in there. I’ve saved some for this years planting.
The last of the spuds I’ve kept for this years planting. I simply stored them in dry sugar cane mulch in a plastic waste-paper basket and left them in my cool dark garage.
Despite the damp and heat over summer, they seem to have come out ok. I’ll plant the biggest four or five this year.
So, that's my potato adventure. Fingers crossed it was not just beginners luck!
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