6 Tips for Harvesting and Storing Potatoes

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Potatoes are actually super easy to harvest and store. Here are a few easy steps we're excited to share! By the way, we're sending a free complete guide / ebook to those in our newsletter list later this week. Signup if you'd like a free copy at ❤️ A few tips below: 😊🌱 1) Begin by cutting the water supply off from your crop a few weeks before you are planning on harvesting. This helps the plant dry up. 2) Make sure that the plant is completely dead. Look for dried leaves and for the vines to be completely dried out all the way to the base of the plant. When you see this, then you know that the potatoes have reached full maturity. 3) Your next step will be to dig your potatoes out of the ground. You can usually do this by hand or by using a tool like a potato pitchfork or a small spade, to help loosen the soil. 4) Bring the harvested crop inside to prepare it for storage. You’ll want to clean the potatoes off before you store them. We recommend that you don’t use a lot of water to do this, though – you can either wipe your potatoes with a dry cloth, just to get the excess dirt off, or, if you have very stubborn dirt, use a very lightly-dampened cloth. 5) Next, you should cure your potatoes if you’re able to. To do this, place them in a dry box or a brown paper sack, and store them for about 10 days in a place which has a temperature of around 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 °C) and a humidity of about 90%. A basement or a cool garage usually works pretty well. If this step isn’t an option, though, just skip it and go right to storage. 6) Your potatoes should be stored in a dark, cool place like a root cellar or basement. Whatever you do, do not store your potatoes alongside apples or other fruits that put off gases, as this will cause spoilage to your potatoes. In the right conditions, however, your potatoes should keep for about 3 to 4 months.

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