Potato harvest 2017

Garden week is continuing here on 129 acres. This post is all about the high point of the whole gardening season so far–the potato harvest.

Picking potatoes

You may recall that we decided to devote a whole quadrant of our 2,500 square foot garden to potatoes this year. We had a whole bunch of seed potatoes–all from our own pantry–and I ended up putting in about eight rows.

The results were pretty much as expected. A whoooooole lotta potatoes.

Potato harvest 2017

We grew four varieties: Kennebec, Russian Blue, Basin Gold and red. The Kennebecs are by far our favourite. They fry up nice and crisp for hashbrowns, but stay soft and potatoey inside. Their flavour is also wonderful. It’s a good thing we like them because we had so many we ended up picking them into the wheelbarrow.

A wheelbarrow full of Kennebec potatoes

The Kennebecs also grew big. One potato will make more than enough hashbrowns for breakfast for both of us. For comparison, Matt wears a size 13 boot.

Giant potato

The Russian Blues are fun purple potatoes. We got a decent crop of them. The reds are the first potatoes we ever tried growing. I think some of the plants were choked by weeds this year because the number of reds that we got this year was not great.

However, the greatest disappointment ended up being the Basin Golds. These were an experiment. When Matt is looking for giant baking potatoes to go with our steak dinners, he picks up Basin Golds.

We had a couple of potatoes that sprouted by the time spring arrived, so we stuck them in the garden. They definitely did not live up to our expectations of giant baking potatoes. First, we only got six potatoes. And second they’re small. Here are our measly six taters with their size 13 Kennebec relative.

Different size potatoes

The potatoes are all different shapes and sizes.

There was a Russian Blue that Matt enjoyed particularly. Ahem.

Mishapen potato

And the much more G-rated Mini Mouse potato.

Mini Mouse potato

We dried the potatoes for a little while on a tarp on the driveway–supervised by that omnipresent puppy–and then loaded them into sacks and put them in the cold cellar. Last year, we followed a pretty similar process, except we put them in cardboard boxes, and they lasted fairly well.

Potato harvest 2017

Hopefully we will be enjoying homegrown potatoes for many months to come. I’m expecting breakfast for dinner–complete with hashbrowns–will be on the menu one evening this week.

Do you grow your own potatoes? Do you have a favourite kind of potato? How do you like to eat potatoes? Any tips on storing potatoes? I’m really hoping that our sacks work well.


10 thoughts on “Potato harvest 2017

  1. That’s a lot of french fries right there! I cannot believe how big that potato is compared with Matt’s boot. Wow!

    I laughed at Matt’s reaction to the Russian Blue. I have three boys + Andy. I get it. 🙂

    • He wanted that photo to share with his brothers. Nearly 40 years old, and their sense of humour are still around 7 years old. He did say, “I better not see this on social media.” He did sign off on the post before I hit publish, so I guess he’s not too modest. 🙂

  2. I laughed at Matt’s reaction too. With boys it never gets old, lol.
    What a great crop! Do you notice any difference in taste from store bought? Like with tomatoes or strawberries, I always find the home grown ones more flavourful. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a homegrown potato. I’ve always wanted to try growing them, though.

  3. I love reds but my husband favours Netted Gems or commonly called baking potatoes. The reds start early and we usually eat those 20 hills fresh in the summer. The Netted Gems do everything well and they last. We store ours in sacs in a cold storage room and then use the sprouted ones for seed in the spring. We’ve had some stellar years but this was not one as it was very very dry here and pretty darn hot. We tried Yukon Golds and were not really impressed but was it the weather or the potato.
    Enjoy your bounties.

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