Okay, everyone, I have a serious question. Some of you may snigger and laugh, but I’m being serious! Here is the background of my dilema: In my garden at my SacramentoValley home (past posts about my garden can be seen here) I planted two purple fingerling potatoes as an experiment. I have never grown potatoes before and wanted to try it out, especially since I had one in the bag that really wanted to grow and not be eaten. 🙂 I cut it in half since it had growth on both ends and planted the two pieces using the cloth bag method. Apparently by growing potatoes in a cloth bag, when they are ready to be harvested you just turn the bag over and dump the contents and – voila – there are the potatoes. We’ll see, but so far everything seems to be growing right along.
On our future homestead property in the mountains we discovered some potatoes growing on their own in our old compost pile. Apparently one of the last things I added to the old compost pile last fall was potatoes. We started on a new compost pile through the winter but it has yet to begin really composting much, and it is a pretty soggy mess at this point. I think the last of the potatoes I threw in the old compost pile were small reds and yukon golds, and by judging from their growth, they seem to be pretty happy.
Herein lies the question: will these potatoes be safe to eat when harvest time comes? Here’s why I wonder: we read in several different sources that you can directly pee on a compost pile to add nitrogen, so most of the male persons who came up to visit us enjoyed “fertilizing” our compost pile. The last fertilizing came probably in late November or early December, when we started the next compost pile. We first started noticing the potatoes in March.
So, what do you think? Will they be safe to eat by the time harvest comes? Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks.