Mavis Garden Blog – Freshly Dug Potatoes in January? Say What?

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Yesterday I was out in the backyard garden working on a new project, as I was digging up one of our raised garden beds, my shovel dug in to something.

russet potato

A potato.

I thought I had cleared all the potatoes out last fall, but apparently not.

russet potato garden box

Not wanting to loose any more potatoes, I got down on my hands and knees and started to carefully move the dirt away in hopes of finding more hidden gems. And guess what. There WERE MORE! I might as well have been digging for gold it was so exciting. So how many potatoes was I able to harvest?

cool kitchen scale

2 pounds 9 ounces to be exact. Holy mashed potatoes people, that’s enough for a meal! Wahoooo! I may just have to forget to harvest some potatoes again this fall so there will be some to eat next January.

Are you planning on planting potatoes this spring? If so, what are your favorite variety to grow?

I think Yukon Golds are my favorite.


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  1. says

    I almost always do that (not on purpose) when I plant potatoes. They last until the following spring when they start to sprout. My “gems” usually result for end of season malaise/laziness!

  2. Lisa says

    I love the expression on your face in the first photo! ha! My daughters saw your photo when I had your blog up with weekend. They said, “Wow, she’s young.” Maybe they were expecting Mavis to be an old grandma. I told them you had two kids in high school and one of them said, “SHE looks young enough to be in high school!” Wow – that fresh air does you wonders! :)

  3. says

    This helps confirm my answer to a question my husband and I were debating over lunch today…I said, yes, potatoes are in season, and he was told that they are not…

  4. Erika says

    We like red potatoes here. You can pull them up when they’re small, or let them get big and they’re delicious either way. Potatoes are almost a weed since if you miss any, they’ll be back :) They’re super easy to grow, but last year we didn’t get very many since we had a problem with grasshoppers eating the leaves to the point that the plants weren’t doing much underground.

  5. Heather says

    Woot! Woot! You should have put an eye patch on and a pirate hat because you struck Gold! Golds are our favorite here too!

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