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Harvesting My Potatoes

Posted on September 19, 2010

Potatoes in Straw
It was time today to harvest my potatoes that I have been growing in my round cylinder with straw. This was an experiment this season that I learned from some gardening friends on-line. They had told me about how you could grow potatoes in straw rather than in the ground.

Using a piece of fencing, I made a round cylinder. I planted one seed potato cut into 4 parts with each piece having an eye that sprouted. I placed the potato seeds on top of a small dirt mound and put the fencing around it. I wrapped a piece of burlap around the bottom to hold in the plants and moisture. Then I covered it with a thin layer of straw as the seeds sprouted. The above picture was taken in July when the potatoes were still growing. You just add a bit of straw to cover the plants as they grow. You do leave the tops exposed.

Start of Potatoes in StrawHere is a photo when it was first growing.

Once the tops flower and die, you know it’s about time to harvest your potatoes. My potatoes were at the bottom of the straw at the top of the dirt. I’m thinking that I started them too late which may have been why they didn’t grow more up into the straw.

Harvested Potatoes
Here is my harvest. I know it probably doesn’t look like much but this was just one small seed potato that I used. Next year, I will start earlier and plant more potatoes so my bounty is bigger. But overall I was happy with the results of growing the potatoes in straw.

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13 Responses to “Harvesting My Potatoes”

  1. Great looking potatoes. Thanks for checking out my toilet paper Pumpkins over at A Little Bit of Everything! šŸ™‚

  2. Tami
    Sep 19, 2010

    I need to try this next year. I wonder if it would work with sweet potatoes too! I’m getting ready to plant garlic for next year! šŸ™‚

  3. Barbara Moore
    Sep 19, 2010

    Love this idea! I think I’ll give it a try myself next year with some sweet potatoes. Thanks for all the info.

    Hugs XX

  4. Charlotte
    Sep 20, 2010

    Oh, how neat, I did potatoes this year but they did not do well. I think you have given me a better option.
    Thank you for posting this,

  5. Tracy
    Sep 21, 2010

    I need to something like this next year so I can enjoy potatoes like everyone else who has commented

  6. Connie
    Sep 22, 2010

    I have used old tires to plant my potatoes in. Just fill with soil, plant seed potatoes and add soil as they grow. Add another tire and soil etc. as the plants grow bigger. (A friend painted the outside of his tires so they would look better.) Stack them as high as you want and when the plant starts dying off knock it down and enjoy your potatoes. Also use five gallon buckets with holes drilled on sides to plant hanging tomatoes etc.

  7. Bird
    Oct 05, 2010

    These are beautiful potatoes Cindy! We tried something similar this year using stacked tyres filled with compost – didn’t look as nice as your chicken wire and burlap stack but we got some nice potatoes šŸ™‚ The first time we tried we didn’t get many either, I think starting them early and having good seed potatoes makes a difference.

  8. Cheryl
    Oct 06, 2010

    I love it!
    I LOVE fresh potatoes.

  9. Pixie Gas
    Oct 23, 2010

    So that was your first time harvesting potatoes? Very cool!

  10. Linda Cortez
    Aug 03, 2011

    What is meant by “seed potatoes”. Does this mean potatoes with “eyes” or buds? Thanks in advance for your answer.

  11. Cindy
    Aug 03, 2011

    Linda: Seed potatoes are normally treated and tested for disease and aren’t the same as the ones you eat. Generally seed potatoes are certified to be disease free as potato plants can carry many potato diseases: bacterial, viral, and fungal; and some of these are passed on through potato tubers. Here is a post that talks about some of the differences. Hope this helps.

  12. Jane
    May 07, 2016

    I don’t know how much I’m ready to attempt your treasure-trove of projects, but I’m at the point where I need a creativity-jog, and am grateful to have found your website.

    On the potatoes – I was planning to try again, using above-ground methods – I have had success laying potatoes on the top of the ground, and then covering as they grew – but enclosing the lot is both more deliberate and probably successful.

    I had had potatoes, in-ground for several years with great success – rotated the plots, and then – nothing. Fingers crossed for this year. Thank you.

  13. Cindy
    May 07, 2016

    Jane – Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and ideas for potatoes this season. I recently planted some potatoes and in some dirt mounds and put a fence ring around them to keep the turkeys and deer away from them. Hopefully they will do well this year with this method.

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