Purple Spuds

I think I said that I am growing a total of eight different kinds of spuds this year, so far we have eaten the older German kinds called Sieglinde, which we are in love with, and we are going to plant a huge amount of them next year.. they are some of the best tasting I have had in years, good as spring fresh eating, good as mashed, good as baked, they say good as fries but I have not tried them that way.. they say good for storage, so we are growing out three plants, one for my thanksgiving mashed and two to watch for storage etc

Then this week we cracked into the first of our “strawbedded potato’s” we started on the one end that had been growing the best, it was nice small red potato’s a typical norland, we had planted them as we have grown them in a few different ways an we wanted to compare yields and for first harvest, the straw grown was lacking!. Lacking in both amount of potato’s and how big they had grown considering when they went in..

So today was the day, I sent hubby out to try a different kind, this time he came in with All Purple, more potato’s, but again the volume overall was greatly lacking.. does that mean that the number come in the straw but you need to allow them extra time to fill out.. maybe.. taste tastes seem to agree that the purple’s taste really good when grown in straw. The color was also much darker and fuller then any year I have grown them in the ground.. is that the seed potato, or the year or the way they were grown..

The darker the purple, the most healthy they are..so that is a point on the plus side!

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2 Responses to Purple Spuds

  1. Sheri says:

    Like you, I love growing and eating potatoes and last fall I got my 3-year old grand daughter out in the garden digging them up for the first time with me. It was like hitting gold and she loves Grandma’s garden! Her Mama tries to keep her all girlie-girlie but when she leaves Grandma’s house she’s wet and covered in mud! I’ve tried different ways of growing potatoes but now have settled on a “deep-dig-planting-then-compost-on-top method. Potatoes love to grow under compost heaps so I choose a row for composting, dig holes down until I hit hard pan (going down a bit more each year), set the seed potatoes, put about 4 + inches of soil on top (I found that composting directly on the spud causes rot & worm activity), then set my compost bins over the holes for the fall & winter months. I’m doing a lot of cut-back and composting at this time so they get covered with a lot of organic insulation which keeps the potatoes growing all winter. I know the compost is active in winter because when it snows the bins and mounds don’t collect snow on the tops like other non-composted areas. Planting takes place when I harvest (growing their root systems all winter) and turning all that new compost at the same time. One hole will produce up to 5 gallons and I’ve gotten red spuds up to 6.5 inches long. I make big batches of herb potato soup to keep in the pantry. It’s easy to add veggies, chicken, turkey or seafood.

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