The red, white and blue potatoes made it just in time for the 4th of July! Harvested my first few containers this week. Going to let the others grow for a while longer as there are still green leaves on the plants. I don't harvest my potatoes until the above-ground foliage is brown.
To the right you can see how the plant has turned brown despite one's best efforts to keep it alive with the right amount of light and moisture. I have moved the container to a trough for harvesting the potatoes, a method which is a win/win for me this year. The trough needs to be filled with compost and soil for the planting of greens. The soil coming out of the potato containers is a combination of soil, peat moss and hay that was around the farm this spring. The composting process has already started. After harvesting, I can continue to add to this compost mixture all summer, building up the soil level in the trough for a fall planting.
To the left, you can see where the soil and potatoes have been dumped out. Now all one has to do is easily dig through the soil and hay to harvest the colorful red potatoes. Once I have harvested the remaining containers in a week or two, I'll plant another batch to be ready this fall.