I have a 50 foot long bed of potatoes. They are growing well, but they have
started to bloom. Is there any kind of a rule of thumb for how long from
blossoms to harvest? They have never bloomed so early in the season before.
Everything is FUBAR'd now, due to global warming. We had a tiny
rain in JUNE, which never happened before in the umpty years I've been
in So. Calif coastal. A definite rainy season, +- Nov to Mar, but
not after. Not any more!
(I know this doesn't answer your q. but not knowing your area...)
LOL, global warming has really messed up our farming. Last year spring
and early summer was so cold and wet that some farmers didn't even bother
planting. We did not get any tomatoes or peppers or eggplants at all last
This year, same thing, but I was prepared for it and started a hundred or
so toms/peppers/eggplants in larger pots indoors, and babied them for a
couple of months. Now it's July, the weather is still cold and wet but
finally not as cold and not as wet, and I'm getting ready to put the last
of the potted eggplants in the ground. Beans are half rotten because of
cold and rain, I'm going to try reseeding them, though it's a bit late in
Squash is growing like crazy, just now putting out second leaves, still
small and tender. Okra is just sitting there like I'm nuts for trying to
grow okra in cold mud (I probably am...).
Dang global warming anyhow...mankind just can't keep from screwing
everything up. Look at the ice age George Bush caused 50,000 years ago!
Dang republicans anyhow!
I've always been taught that one simply waits until the plant dies back and
then carefully digs up the tubers. If the ground is dry and well-drained
then it is safe to wait a bit before harvesting but if the ground is wet it
is necessary to harvest immediately to avoid rot. That said, I haven't
actually grown potatoes since I was a child but even then it seemed pretty
easy and sometimes the yield was amazing for such a small piece of ground
and so little effort.
They are starting to die back already. They look like the healthiest spuds
I've grown in several years, nice and green and well formed, but the plants
are smaller then usual. They started blooming earlier and smaller than I've
seen them do in prior years. Now they are falling over and the lower leaves
are yellowing, so the die back is starting. Looks like whatever tubers are
going to develop are already there, so I'm giong to start digging them up
over the course of the next few weeks.
I need the ground fall planting, which has to be done by mid July or so
because summers don't last long here (dang global warming).
I't climate change and it is rapidly doing so. There are no longer
summers here in SW ID but long springs of wet and last year it
did not freeze until late Nov. Started snowing on Dec. 2. I think
that that big long el nino off the coast of the top of CA to the
lower part of WA has a lot to do with it too.
I'd just check for new potatoes after the plants look punk. You have
to remember some 4 legged critters that love straight rows are keeping
a nose out too.
So I'd harvest too early rather than too late unless you like moles and
voles. Storage becomes an issue like having a small root cellar.
Bill S. Jersey USA zone 5 shade garden
"The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow." - Anon
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