I had some potatoes that had sprouted after I had forgotten about them. Instead of tossing them into my compost bin, I remembered a post from last fall when Zoey of Perennial Passion planted sprouted potatoes and got a mini-harvest of baby potatoes.
So that's what I decided to do. I just had plain old russets.
The sprouted potatoes on June 7.
I cut them up into quarters.
And planted them into a plastic container of wood mulch. By June 16, they were already starting to show some green.
On July 1, the potato greens were looking pretty healthy. I pulled one up and all I saw were roots. The potatoes aren't ready to harvest until the greens start wilting and the potato itself is no longer getting nutrients from the leaves.
August 14, the greens had almost all turned brown so I pulled up some and found baby potatoes. Yippee! Fingerling potatoes in just two months!
This was my entire harvest from those five potatoes.
Here, so you can see how small those potatoes really are.
I cleaned them up and simply roasted them with salt, olive oil, and rosemary. Delicious!
So next time you've got potatoes that have sprouted, don't throw them away. Plant them!
Who else grew their own potatoes?
Zoey of Perennial Passion gave me the initial idea.
Vicki of A Work in Progress got an even tinier handful.
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