Time to harvest our Po-ta-Toes!
Here in So Cal, where we have a “to be desired” growing season, I started the potatoes back in December. Sometimes I have a few little “seed potatoes” leftover; but, each year, I get a couple of pounds of organic potatoes from the local health food store and sprout them.
I like to plant the potatoes in 15 gallon tubs with an olla (clay pot irrigation). Seems to be successful.
You can tell by the photo line up, it pretty much sums up what our weather’s been like. Hot, for a couple of days, then cold.
This season, I grew purple, fingerlings, yukon gold and red ones which all turned into a pretty decent harvest of nearly 100 lbs.
If you never had a homegrown potato before, you are missing a real treat. We’ve been enjoying potato salad with pickled squash and carrots from the pantry.
Back in the old days, seems folks would eat potatoes raw like apples. Watching the Lark Rise to Candleford series, there’s a scene with Mr Timmins munching on a raw potato. Hmmm, I thought, eating raw potatoes are bad for you; well, that’s what they tell you.
Not quite sure I’ll try raw potatoes anytime soon. When we roasted potatoes, I’m often reminded of Wilder family in Farmer Boy.