I harvested some potatoes today and was disappointed with my crop this year. I grew Heather and bought a bag of seed potatoes just the same as I usually do, and put them in the same spot at the same time as usual. They aren't diseased, just small. The foliage is dying off and usually when I harvest them at this point they are whoppers, not this time though! Such a pain since peeling potatoes is one of the kitchen chores I hate the most, and small ones are extra fiddly.
I've read that you shouldn't grow spuds in the same spot two years in a row, so next year I might have to find somewhere else for them. Maybe a no-dig method, either in a pot or under some pea straw. Has anyone tried no-dig methods - does it work for you?
These were my 'maincrop' so I planted them in later spring for harvest late summer. My early crop was Laratte, an heirloom variety given to me by my mum's neighbour. They were ready in early summer. They turned out well and seemed to be of an ok size, so I saved a few to plant again next spring.
Small or not I'll still happily eat these homegrown potatoes. Probably as wedges with their skins on!