Hurray! I finally harvested the 'tater' crop from my container planting of Desiree potatoes. I have no idea why someone would give a lowly potato such a romantic name but these are gourmet potatoes worthy of desire. The starter spuds were ordered and planted late, so this was a very late harvest for potatoes in eastern Virginia. The lovely, white-flowered vines finally died back in October so I dug in (literally) and grabbed the potatoes from the roots of the vines.
What a remarkably easy way to grow and harvest potatoes! I will have to expound more on container growing potatoes in the spring when everyone's ready to plant. Sure beats trying to grow taters in our clay soil without heavy equipment that the farmers use.
Eight pounds of lovely pink potatoes from one great big planter. Yes, they really do have a delicate pink skin but are cream colored inside. Perhaps the blushing color led to the heroine-worthy name? They make stunning mashed potatoes - I can attest to this from some surface tubers I snatched and ate earlier this month!
My seed potatoes came from Seeds of Change, if you want to check out their many varieties of potatoes and plan for spring, just click here: Seed of Change Potato Page.