This example of how not to grow potatoes has proved rather successful. We tried it last year and it worked then, too.
Instead of lifting potatoes before the first frost and storing them in nice Hessian bags, we have left them in the ground.
We have covered them over with a blue plastic sheet to keep some frost off – and the snow, hopefully, has provided some insulation.
We lifted some Kestrel today, after pulling the sheet back.
We dug 2.5kg of Kestrel potatoes (the gardener said it was just from one side of the root!)
The skins do look a bit scabby, but the skin scraped off easily and left a clean potato.
They do taste good! Kestrel are a second early. Click this link to buy some Kestrel seed potatoes.
But there is a risk to this strategy. If the frost gets down into the potatoes they will go soft and to mulch when they thaw out, rendering them useless. But we had a good 5C degrees of frost last night and the soil was still quite warm. Last year after a prolonged period of very cold weather we did loose one or two. So this exercise is definitely an example of how not to grow potatoes!
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