For the last few weeks, the potato plants have been showing the telltale signs that it's almost time to harvest: turning yellow and dropping leaves. Normally, you would want to wait until the plants are completely dead and let the potatoes remain in the dirt for a week or so in order to thicken and firm up the skins. This helps with long-term storage. However, since we planned on eating them all right away, this wasn't necessary. Plus, we needed the space! The tomatoes have become like a jungle out there!
|The start of the harvest....|
|The harvest! Not bad for one 7 gallon planter|
|Dinner that night included garden potatoes and even more garden chard!|
In all, I would definitely recommend potatoes to any container gardener. Even if you have a vegetable garden planted in your yard, growing potatoes in containers makes them a lot easier to harvest, since you don't have to deal with compacted soils, roots from trees or other plants, or rocks getting in the way. Plus, you know where the potatoes are: they are confined by the walls of the planter. You can just dump it out and dig for your potatoes without worrying about accidently cutting one in half with a shovel or spade.
Until next time, happy gardening!