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  • #246986
    zippyzippy
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    I have a patch of spuds and their tops have all finished dying off.

    Do I dig now?

    Can I leave some there?

    Do I still water them?

    I pinched one out yesterday and it barely fit into my hand it was huge!… well big anyway.:D

    #393478
    WombatWombat
    Member

    I would dig them Suzi!

    Nev

    #393479
    zippyzippy
    Member

    One more question… do I need to let them dry out a bit in the sun before storing?? For some reason I have this notion in my head that I need to do that. ..:confused:

    #393480
    WombatWombat
    Member

    I think that’s onions, Suzi, or chitting before you plant seed potatoes. Exposing eatin’ potatoes to the sun will only green them up and make the poisonous!

    Nev

    #393481
    BronBron
    Member

    a friend said when he was a kid, his dad would leave the potatoes in the soil for ages, till needed :shrug:

    #393482
    Lady BeeLady Bee
    Keymaster

    I believe that you should leave the spuds on the surface long enough so that any soil adhering to them dries – otherwise they risk mould.

    I have a feeling that this cropped up somewhere before and was expertly answered by one of our resident fonts of knowledge. Try a search.

    #393483
    zippyzippy
    Member

    Thanks guys. I’ll dig em up and then make sure they’re dry before storing.

    #393484
    dustygrl70dustygrl70
    Member

    Suzi, I dry mine in a cardboard box in the shade for a few days after digging – then move into the pantry in the dark. And as everyone else said, it’s time to dig them – if the soil was cold and dry you could leave them in, but warm and damp will make them shoot again.

    #393485
    zippyzippy
    Member

    7 whopping kilos out of my tiny patch

    #393486
    sallisalli
    Member

    Fantastic!

    #393487
    WombatWombat
    Member

    :clap::clap::clap::clap:Well done Suzi!

    #393488
    porgeyporgey
    Member

    Suzip, I harvested mine about 3 weeks ago, some where big others not so big. I washed them all in a bucket of water let them dry a bit then left them to really dry in the shade on the verandah for 24 hours then boxed them up and stored them in a dark draw. Eat a couple every week and are delicious. Happy harvesting. Cheers GR.

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