Well, the early freeze came and our potatoes were burned back by the cold. They were droopy and the leaves were brown and crispy on the ends.
|Digging up Potato Plants|
The hay mulch kept the soil moist and easy to dig. Each plant had several potatoes on it that averaged the size of a golf ball. This wasn't the yield that we experienced in the Spring, but we only planted 12 seed potatoes.
|Freshly Dug Potatoes|
Although the bucket shown above is sort of sad looking, it's okay. I learned through this experiment that when the planting guide says that the cut-off date for planting is September 10th, they're not joking. That date is there for a reason. Planting 13 days after that date was not a wise idea. Next Fall I will definitely plant potatoes, only I'll plant many, many more and I'll plant a couple of weeks earlier. This will enable us to eat potatoes until the Spring crop comes in.