The potatoes were too small. I did harvest in the late summer. They didn't even need to be cut.
This year I am planting "Dark Red Norland." They are medium to large purple flowered plants. They resist scab, leaf roll and potato viruses A and Y.
I do not need the trellis. I am going to trellis every bed so I can rotate my crops every year easily.
They were planted 3" deep. Once the foliage reached 6-8" I will hill the soil up around the base of the plants, leaving 4" of the plant above soil level. I then need to hill a second time 2-3 weeks later. Hilling protects potatoes from "greening," facilitates harvesting, reduces weed growth, and and protects plants from late frosts. I will use straw mulch to cover the potatoes after the second hilling.
|Plenty of straw left in the barn.|
According to the instructions, young "new" potatoes may be harvested anytime they reach usable size. About 50 days. The larger potatoes will be harvested in the fall when foliage is dry or tubers have reached full size.
More pictures of our barn.
|These hay bales are about 4 feet high.|
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