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Old 07-20-2015, 07:55 AM   #11
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Are you sure your potatoes aren't ready? How many potato plants do you have? Two plants should be enough for a soup.
I dug up a plant. nothing. I think that means they're not ready yet (g)

I have four rows about 25 ft long each....
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:04 AM   #12
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My gardeners got to one of my extra rows by accident ( weed whacking them down to the ground). So, I dug up what was there, and not too much . Just a hand full of smallish potatoes. Nothing worse than pealing teeny tiny potatoes. Especially, to get enough for a soup. Usually I pick my potatoes around labor day + / - .

BTW, here are my leeks ( with a few other goodies that were ready)
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:11 AM   #13
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I would blanch them briefly in boiling water with a pinch of Kosher salt and a couple of drops of white vinegar. Pat thoroughly dry. Cut off the white ends for the soup and rough chop them into small Ziplocks. If you want to keep the green end/s do the same to them.
Sauteing them adds butter which is OK if you use clarified butter but you don't want to end milk solids. Freezing milk solids can add a weird textural element in the finished soup.
You are going to be pureeing the soup anyway so any loss in texture doesn't matter.
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:47 AM   #14
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I dug up a plant. nothing. I think that means they're not ready yet (g)

I have four rows about 25 ft long each....
I hope you are exaggerating when you say, nothing. How long of a growing season do you have left?

Last week I dug one plant from my early potatoes and got 3 pounds. I never had any luck when trying to rob a plant of new potatoes, so I harvest the whole plant and feel bad for all the tiny tubers I dug.

When I saw this message, I just dug one plant from my late potato crop, and got 1 and 3/4ths pound. The plant had just started to flower, a clear sign it is not ready to dig.
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:39 PM   #15
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no, not exaggerating. big white roots with slight swellings on the ends. no spuds. no kidding. these are all Red Pontiac - grew same strain last year and they did very well.

weird, just weird. I was still picking snap peas in mid July!

first frost here is mid to late October - so I should get something out of the plot.
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first frost here is mid to late October - so I should get something out of the plot.

You're lucky. My entire growing season is 4.3 months long..
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