You know it's time to harvest potatoes when the once beautiful leaves and stalks look like they have died. Not pretty, it actually made me wonder if these potatoes would be OK, but Mountain Man assured me this is what you have to wait for.
And another plant, first tug...
Now to harvest the purple potatoes, which was a much larger plot. However, there were only a couple plants ready to harvest...this was the first purple potato we saw...
This is our bounty as we carried them from the garden. Lookin' good, all covered in brown soil, smelling like a garden harvest!
I let them dry a bit, then brushed off the loose dirt. The soil was still moist and smelled rich & somewhat musty, but in a good way. Then I rinsed them gently with cold water and set them on racks to dry. Once dried, I will put them in a cool, dry place for storing.
It is important to be mindful of any potatoes that are green. This is the result of the sun reaching the potato, which results in the development of chlorophyll, and that produces a poison called solanine. We will have to cut the green off this potato, and if it goes to deep, discard it.
Potatoes like to be stored in a cool, dry place. Away from the sun. We don't have a root cellar yet, but we will be sure these beauties continue to be edible for some time! We may not have gotten a lot of potatoes, but enough to make us happy:)
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