This is my submission for the weekly Harvest Monday hosted by Daphne's Dandelions where you can see what others are doing with their harvests. My post is both a reference to last years harvest and preparing for this years.
I guess there is some debate over this topic (to chit or not to chit), but I've always chitted my potatoes to prep them for planting. This just means to encourage sprouts to form from the eyes. The sprouts then help to form the stem and eventually the leafy part of the potato plant.
So it seems logical to me that you would want to get a head start on the plant, huh?
I am using the last of my potato harvest from last fall to form the beginnings of this years (I'll need to pick up some Yukon Gold's somewhere as well). I have several small Blue Russians and Fingerlings remaining (14 and 16, respectively).
Just like last year, the Blue Russians have already started to sprout in the dark, cold room where I store them. They are a bit far advanced so I pulled off the longest of the sprouts.
This also allowed me to reposition the potato properly in the egg carton so that the most eyes were at the top (I store the smallest ones in egg cartons over the winter so just brought them upstairs in the same cartons).
The fingerlings have just a couple of sprouts. I've readjusted them to have the best eyes at the top.
Wow, hard to believe I might be planting something in just 4-5 weeks with the looks of the yard earlier! Perhaps a bit later, we'll see. A few good days of above-freezing temperatures can melt a lot of snow.