Potato harvest

I planted three varieties of potatoes this year, Red Finns, Yukon Gold and Russets. Some seed potatoes I had from last winter, some I bought from Valley Nursery. I have two five-gallon buckets with stones in the bottom for drainage that I used last year. This year I also tried a purpose-built bucket designed to be opened from below to get at the newest spring potatoes.

Sunday afternoon we harvested the potatoes. Since the five-gallon buckets had stones we had to screen the compost to get at the potatoes.

Screening the bucket

Screening the bucket

The soft bucket hadn’t had any stones so we could skip the screening step and move straight to pulling out the potatoes. Those buckets had the seed potatoes I bought new and definitely gave bigger and better potatoes.

Emptying the soft buckets

Emptying the soft buckets

The total yield was five pounds, or one pound per bucket. At the rate of one pound per meal, that’s five meals. I definitely need to find a way to improve that yield.

2010 yield

2010 yield

As is our custom on potato harvest day we ate the little potatoes at dinner. They were really good, and the mix of Yukon Gold and Red Finn was very pretty.


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