Monday, September 19, 2011

How to harvest potatoes from tires?

My first set of potato tires is ready - The Russet ones! I put a screen over the tires a couple of weeks ago as some little animal was eating the potatoes! I wished I had looked earlier as they manage to eat all the potatoes from the second and third tire ....I hope they enjoyed them....

Any how, here is how to harvest potatoes from their tire container! (click here if you want to know more about planting potatoes on tires)
You know when your potatoes are ready when their foliage dies. Cut the dead foliage and leave the tires alone for about a week to 10 days. Then you are ready to unearth your potatoes. As my potatoes are in tires, it is relatively easy to harvest them, no need to dig in and risk bruising the potatoes.

The only thing you need to do is to put a plastic tarp around your tires. With your hands, dig on the top tire and remove all the potatoes from that layer.  Put them aside, then pull the tire into the plastic tarp, remove all the dirt from it and roll it to wherever you will store it until next season. Repeat with all tires and you are done!

I only had potatoes in the bottom tire and I got about 3.5 pounds of it (I could have had 3 times that quantity if I had covered them...). Once you have all the potatoes, you can wash them, let then dry and store in a dry location.

I still have the red potatoes to harvest, but as you can see they are not ready as there is still foliage there. I covered them too, but the animal also ate them.

I got a potato that look like Piglet in Winnie the Pooh, don't you think?

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