Well, I could dig around the plant a bit to find some “new potatoes”. Those new potatoes would make for a killer roasted potato salad, which would be good for a Memorial Day BB-Q. Maybe I could make smooshed potatoes (roasted with olive oil then smooshed when you pull out of the oven). The possibilities are endless.
Or, I could wait until late summer when the plants have died back. This may yield a higher crop with larger baking type potatoes. There is a mixture of Irish and Fingerlings. Fingerlings take longer to mature and reach the right size, another reason to wait on the harvest. Since they are so much smaller than a baking potato, a new fingerling potato probably wouldn’t be that big.
Last year, I harvested maybe 7 small potatoes. As much as I want to dig around in the dirt to check the progress, I think I am going to wait to see just how many potatoes we can get from this square foot box of taters. Waiting is going to rather hard, I am not a patient person!
When I decide it is time to harvest our spuds from their little resting places, it will need to be on a clear, sunny day. Dry soil is better, otherwise it may bruise and crack the potatoes, and no one wants a bruised or cracked tater on their plate!