By the time hurricane Earl brushed by the area last night, it had been downgraded to a tropical storm. Overnight we received 3-4 inches of rain. We really needed it.
Early yesterday morning, before the sun hit the garden and the heat rose, I dug the Kennebec potatoes.
Two varieties of potatoes were planted on May 2, 2010 in the east garden, Dark Red Norland, a mid-season variety, and Kennebec, a late season variety. The Dark Red Norland potatoes were harvested mid-August.
2.5 pounds of Kennebec seed potatoes were planted in two rows that are 8-feet long. The foliage had died back several weeks ago and I stopped watering. Without much rain, the soil was easy to dig through.
The potatoes were piled into a garden cart, which was then covered and wheeled into the shed to protect them from sunlight and rain.
I pulled the potatoes out this morning to weigh them and spread them out so they can cure a little bit before storing.
The Kennebec weighed in at 22 pounds! Combined with the Dark Red Norland potatoes I harvested 68.5 pounds of potatoes from 8 pounds of seed. I am very pleased with my first year growing potatoes.
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