|Dead potato vines|
You may remember those same vines looking so healthy and happy here and here. It is almost sad to see plants in the garden end their life cycle. Almost. But in this case, the dead vines mean yummy potatoes! I cannot say how long for sure, but the vines had completely died back at least a full week before we began to dig up the tubers. Which is a good thing. It gives the potatoes time to develop a thicker skin which will help them store longer.
|Our potato, compost, hay, et. al. fork|
The potatoes for storage were placed in shallow cardboard boxes. I made a double layer of potatoes in the bottom of each box, with the top layer being rather sparse for good air circulation. The fille cardboard boxes were stored in the guest bedroom closet, which is a space completely underground, making it cool year round and it is so rarely used that it gets very little light. Potatoes need to be stored in the dark.
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