I have probably just done the wrong thing... I have just dug up ALL my potatoes.
I got carried away, you see, I didn't think I would have a potato harvest at all and when I discovered that there were indeed potatoes under the frost-abused plants I couldn't stop digging them up.
It is possible that digging potatoes is the most exciting type of vegetable garden harvesting... is there a greater pleasure in the patch?
I don't really remember when I planted my potatoes - I really should note these things! But the happily growing plants were pretty severely attacked by a very late frost and the plants stopped thriving. Over the last couple of weeks the plants have looked pretty pathetic and I was anticipating that the potato bed would yield nothing.
Yesterday I mentioned my pathetic potatoes to my neighbour 'Woody' who happens to have the BEST vegetable patch in the area (probably in southern NSW!). Understated as always as very good vegetable gardeners often are, he said, "have you thought of having a scratch around to see if there is anything there?"
So today I scratched...or rather I forked and eureka a basket full of Desiree,
Some are quite big!
I really shouldn't have dug them all up, potatoes keep much better in the ground but I was so delighted at the unexpected crop that I couldn't stop myself.
Now I have many more potatoes that I can eat. Oh well there could be worse problems.
I know what we are eating tonight.