Organic gardening update- Harvesting the potatoes

Our potato crop, planted in the spring is now ready to harvest.  

One thing I have learned from growing potatoes for the first time is that if tubers begin to show above the soil, you need to cover them up immediately by ‘building up’ the soil otherwise they will go green and then be inedible. Potatoes ready for harvest now are known as maincrop and the variety we grew were King Edward. They are best used for roasted potatoes, baked potatoes or oven-baked chips. They are not as good for boiling as they have a tendency to ‘mush’. Why not try these baked potatoes topped with the Thai inspired coleslaw below:-

Crunchy Thai inspired coleslaw (serves 2)

70g shredded cabbage (I used Sweetheart cabbage)
1 carrot, grated
1 tsp lemon grass paste
small slice ginger, grated
1 clove garlic, grated
juice 1 lime
2 rounded tbsp soya yogurt
20g chopped walnuts

Mix all the ingredients together. 

Wash and scrub the potatoes. Bake at 200 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Make a cross in the skin and squeeze to open up the top. Top with the coleslaw.

Other toppings you could try include vegan bean chilli

If you fancy growing your own potatoes, it is still not too late to plant late cropping potatoes. These can be planted in August and harvested around 10-12 weeks later, when the plants have flowered. You may however have to place a covering of straw down to protect them from frosts.

You may also wish to read the other organic gardening posts from this year:-

'It's spring, the organic fruit and vegetable year begins!' -

Happy gardening days

Janet x

Recipe Copyright © 2015 40plusandalliswell

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