I’ve had the worst luck growing potatoes in Texas and I couldn’t figure out why because they can produce in the worst soil.
Then around Valentine’s Day a reader shared a neat gardening tip from an old farmer who planted his potatoes on February 14th. So, I decided to listen and take her advice.
I braved the cold and planted my potatoes with curiosity wondering if this would really make a difference. I planted in two areas around one of our vertical structures.
The plants grew beautifully and then the next question was when should I harvest because I also planted cucumbers to grow on that structure in April and things were getting cramped.
When to Harvest Potatoes
There were a couple things to consider before digging up those potatoes. I was past the following guidelines so I started digging and let’s just say those cucumbers where happy to have the additional space so they could stretch and grow vertically.
- First make sure the soil is dry because it will be much easier to sift through the dirt finding your treasure.
- If the plants turn brown. begin to fall over and its been 10 weeks since you planted well then dig.
A Pretty Good Harvest
The harvest was pretty great for the amount of planting that was implemented in February. I dug up a large bucket full of small and medium size potatoes and I think the first thing I’m going to make is potato salad.
Store potatoes in a dark,cool environment like a pantry would be fantastic.
A huge thank you for the tip because I will be planting next year once again on February 14th.