Here’s how I’ve gone about harvesting our first wave of Yukon potatoes.
Aren’t they beautiful?
Despite my having heaped additional dirt on the visible potatoes, they kept wiggling themselves to the top. Some, as you can see, are fairly large. (I’m so excited! Guess what’s for dinner tonight?) I decided that it was time for my aunt to free them from their earthen home of the last 3 months. Yes, my auntie.
She used a small garden trowel to move the dirt around and separate the mature tuners from the root/tubes, careful not to damage the foliage. The potatoes need that foliage– photosynthesis and other necessary biological functions are at work.
That’s it! That simple. Be gentle and I’m pretty sure that once the larger more mature potatoes are out of the ground, the less mature potatoes will be able to get more growing power.