How long can you leave them in the ground?
I harvest my potatoes from under a heavy mulch into December or January
(if it hasn't been too cold or snowy). Essentially, they stay there until they
used up or locked away by frozen straw mulch. The biggest risk is damage from
voles. Otherwise, they stay crisp and perfect. I've even occasionally pulled
some still good potatoes in the spring.
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
I live in the Pacific NW. I just pulled some up today, and I'll dig up more
when I put the garden to bed in October. But I do my best to keep them in
the ground through the winter, and dig them as I need them. They keep better
in the ground then they do in the fridge. When spring comes, I do my very
best to get them all when I spade up the garden for spring planting. No
matter how hard I try, I always miss a few, which is why I never need to
actually plant potatoes any more.
Which, fortunately for some, varies with location. I leave mine in the
ground until I'm ready to use them. Those that don't get dug (translated:
found), grow in the spring. Very few have been lost, probably even fewer
than if they'd been dug. Do note, though, that my garden has exactly
drainage and has been unbothered by underground critters.
This year, however, after reading the post about storing them in the
ground covered with straw, that is what I shall likely do. I will
partially bury one of those plastic barrels and store in it.
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