The potato harvest for me, is one of the most exciting harvests of the year. The satisfaction of digging around and searching for those little golden nuggets sure makes growing your own completely and utterly worth it. The thing with potatoes (and most root vegetables) is that you don’t know what you’ll be harvesting until it comes to the day when you pull the plant up, so it’s hard to tell if everything’s growing ok or not. I’ll admit that I was a little impatient and ‘tickled’ the soil around one of the potato plants a few weeks ago to see if there were any potatoes growing. I was pleased to see a little golden potato staring back at me so I quickly covered him back up and remained patient until today!
Really I could have harvested my International Kidney potatoes a week or so ago, the plants have completely died back now so the actual potatoes won’t be growing any bigger. Not to worry though as potatoes, especially early potatoes, store very well in the ground. In fact they will store better in the ground than anywhere at home which makes them a perfect ‘harvest when you need them’ crop. I was rather pleased with my little harvest of new potatoes from one plant, I’ll admit that there wasn’t a huge amount but they were perfectly formed, blemish free and I rather proudly grew them all by myself!
To celebrate the first potato harvest we decided to cook them straight away in the little potting shed and eat them as a lunch time treat. A quick clean, a 10 minute boil and the potatoes were ready to eat along with some freshly picked broad beans and some shop bought bacon of course. You really can’t beat homegrown new potatoes, they sure tasted delicious!
I managed to film a short video all about growing, harvesting and cooking those potatoes. I’m hoping to edit it and upload it tomorrow if all goes to plan, and I’ll also pop the recipe on the blog too for you all to enjoy too.