I dug up the potatoes from the garden today, after the tops had yellowed and wilted. There was a decent harvest from the 6 plants that remained. I had originally planted 8 "clumps" but took two out early when it looked like the leaves had some sort of infection.
We dined on fresh potatoes (with a little butter and sour cream, I must admit) tonight with some BBQ boneless thighs on the grill. Delish!
Here's a few pictures of the harvest: (not bad for eye filled potatos that were to be discarded instead of planted)
Straight out of the garden
After a hose down
I plan on planting them differently next year. I plan to combine a large amount of topsoil with compost and manure into a large mound, then plant the potato pieces all over the large mound in the loose soil. I will also keep it watered more, and hope for slightly larger spuds.
What will I keep it watered with? Coming soon: rainwater collection system project.