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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 3:36 pm 
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When I did conventional gardening, I would spade in the early spring. I would always find some small potatoes that I missed. They would be as crisp and tasty as they were when I harvested them in the fall. If I would cover a 4 X 5 box with a cloche to keep out the rain or snow and the compost from freezing, could I harvest potatoes all winter, as I need them? :roll:

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 5:22 pm 
Interesting idea.

I know that folks have covered - as in mulched uber-heavily with straw - in-ground carrots, turnips, rutabagas, etc., for winter harvest. Have never heard of potatoes being harvested that way, which leads me to believe there must be a reason.

Will look forward to any answers as eagerly as you, John. :)


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Breezy, I found this Web site, http://www.countrysidemag.com/issues/89 ... nolds.html my Dad used the pit method for root crops, apples, pears and potatoes. When he got finished, they looked like giant anthills. Remembering that and digging up nice potatoes in the spring is what got me thinking about letting them in the SFG until needed (lazier than my Dad). I think I will also mulch the SFG with 6” of fall leaves for additional insurance against freezing the spuds.

Off topic, I still own two farms of about 155 acres total. Reading the Country Side Mag. Makes me wish I were 40 years younger. I thing I would be living on one of the farms.

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