This weekend we headed to the garden to do some digging. Digging for what you ask? Potatoes!
And by the looks of it, we might have overdid it for the season. Sometimes you can just can’t help it and need to plant a few extra plants….. and then a few more…. and then why not, a couple more. Anyone else have this problem?
This year we grew belmonda seed potatoes which is probably going to be our go-to potato for the rest of our lives because of how well they grew. When we ordered them, they were back ordered because of the potato shortage (March), but thankfully they came back in stock at the perfect time, and we were able to get them in the ground in the beginning of May.
From planting to harvest, the potatoes took about 4 months (here’s my garden calendar). Once the plants vines die, then you can grab a fork (or shovel) and dig them up. Potato digging day is like Christmas morning to me!
Belmonda potatoes have a deep yellow color, and a very smooth buttery taste. They’re perfect for things like scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes and potato soup because of how naturally buttery they taste. I’m told these are great for french fries too but we haven’t tried that yet, we’ll probably do that later this week!
If you’re looking for a high yield potato, I would highly recommend you grow these. The seed company also says they’re great storing potatoes, but I can’t attest to that yet.
Let’s Dig Up the Potatoes!
We dug up over 90 pounds of potatoes on Sunday morning, so we’re thrilled with the yield. Matthew did most of the heavy digging, with Enceladus as the official potato gatherer and counter, while I wore Proxima and did the baby dance.
I’m so happy that we get to live in NYC but Enceladus is still able to get her hands dirty and see where her food comes from. I love when she sees vegetables on her plate at dinner and tells me we grew them together in the garden. 🙂 (PS. Remember when we picked potatoes last year? She’s grown so much!)
After we dug up the potatoes, we brought them back home, and laid them out on the table so they could dry completely. Check out our table completely filled with potatoes! What a beautiful sight.
We’ll put them into 5 and 10 pound bags for community garden members and friends. The rest we’ll store, and start eating immediately. Don’t be surprised to see lots of potato recipes in the near future! 🙂
Hope you enjoyed this year’s potato harvest!
PS. If you were wondering how city people transport 90 pounds of potatoes home…. we used a stroller. City living y’all! 🙂