Storing potatoes

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15 years 1 month ago #17311 by kiwi chook
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I know it has been covered before, but I cannot find the thread. What is the best way to store my potatoes? I have a couple of black rubbish bins with lids to keep them in the dark, but would it be better to have a bit of air getting in? Also, is it better to brush the dirt off, or better to wash the spuds?
Thanks for your help
Maddy :)

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15 years 1 month ago #257736 by Rod Brown
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A dry, cool dark place with air circulation. I stand corrected but I don't think plastic bins would be a good place as they might sweat then rot. I use old paper bags that used to have spuds or flour in, but even better old hessian sacks like they always used to be.

I wash them first but I think the correct thing to do is brush them and not wash them until you want to use them, as long as they are dry when you store them.

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15 years 1 month ago #257759 by kiwi chook
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Thanks for that. I'll go and hunt out some old chook food bags for them then. Only have half a row of Maori spuds to go and then I'll be all done !

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15 years 1 month ago #257792 by grannie Mary
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dont wash them if you are storing them for long

Mary

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It empties today of its strength."

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15 years 1 month ago #257797 by Seaside
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I've used one of those $1 recyclable supermarket bags. They're not cloth as such, but seem to be breathable. In the bottom of a cupboard in that bag, my urenika spuds have lasted a couple of months already.

But I wouldn't wash them, as others have said. Any moisture is asking for biodegradation.

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15 years 1 month ago #257822 by kiwi chook
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Thanks guys. They are now safely stored in the garage in bags under an old sheet (to keep them in the dark). I rubbed off as much dirt as I could, and any with holes in, or that looked a bit dubious are in the bucket to be used first. Will they last most of the winter?

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15 years 1 month ago #257826 by LongRidge
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Whether they last will depend on lots of things, like how damp your shed is, how warm your shed gets, the cultivar of the potatoes. I sort ours every month or so, and more often after July, to remove the sprouting ones and rotting ones.

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15 years 1 month ago #257852 by Jack
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Gidday

I just leave them in the ground but mound the soil up over them.., That's the natural way as far as I can see and I have normally found them O.K. till the soil starts to warm up in spring when they start to shoot. But I have lost some that the frost got to, 3 inches down but it was a bloody hard frost though.

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