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    jackie j's Avatar
    jackie j is offline Mature Fruiter
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    Default Best Way to Store Potatoes

    This has probably been on here before and I have done a search but the list is endless. What is the best way to store potatoes, mine are in need of digging up but far too many to eat at once ( 10lb yesterday ) If I can get one is a hessian sack the best way, and do I keep them in a dark cool place as well. I have a celler so they can go in there.
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    BFG is offline Rooter
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    I've got an old postal sack somewhere I'm going to try.

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    shirlthegirl43 is offline Gardening Guru
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    Let them dry on the surface of the soil for a couple hours then throw away any green ones. Store dry dark and cool. My fave way for storing a small batch is to layer the fresh dug spuds with dry compost in a bucket. Store in a dry place and 'harvest' as required.
    Happy Gardening,

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    organic vic is offline Seedling
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    Livingston, central Scotland


    I have a wicker basket to store some in the kitchen and the rest are going in a hessian sack and will be stored in the dark,cool outside cupboard. I got my hessian sack on ebay.

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    SarzWix is offline Gardening Gnomette
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    I've found a stout cardboard box is as good as anything - keeps the light out, and doesn't make them sweat like plastic would. I've saved a couple of paper sacks from when we had to buy spuds as well, so hopefully I'll have enough to fill them

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    gojiberry is offline Early Fruiter
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    South Wales


    Because you need to check your stored potatoes now and again I don't find any sort of sack very practical. I use the blue plastic mushroom trays from the greengrocer lined with newspaper. I can get two layers per tray with newspaper between each layer and newspaper on top to keep the light out. The trays will also stack on top of each other. Easy to check for any going rotten.


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    zazen999 is offline Funky Cold Ribena
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    I also do what gojiberry does; I keep them in the shed at the lottie [to fit them in I clean the shed out during midsummer, it was done a couple of weeks ago]....and then we bring a carrier bag back every time we need them at home.

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    Snadger is offline Dundiggin
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    Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (Is there a nice bit?)


    One year I grew a load of maincrops spuds (Desiree) and stored them in a traditional clamp.
    They stored very well and i was able to keep breaking the clamp open and just taking what I needed.

    Last year, as an experiment I didn't lift some of my maincrops and just left them in the soil. I was able to dig as many as I needed, when I wanted them.
    Surprisingly they weren't affected by keelslugs but a few went soft that were near the surface when it got frozen.

    This year I will just lift my earlies and lates as I need them and plant something in the vacated space as I go!
    My Majesty made for him a garden anew in order
    to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)

    Diversify & prosper

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