how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months

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rowlandwells

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how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months
« on: November 18, 2022, 17:31 »
It's not that I want to know how to store potatoes outdoors overwinter because I know the answer  I'm just asking how many of you out there know the answer to my question  how would you would actually store your potato crop outdoors in the winter months no shed no poly tunnel and no greenhouse and whatever it is must be frost free and you must be able to get your potatoes out of there to use in the winter months I look forward to seeing your replies :D

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Re: how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2022, 17:34 »
Mine stay in the ground  :wub:
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2022, 19:03 »
As I'll hopefully be growing my own next year, is it mud on, in paper sacks in an outhouse. Would that be ok?

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Re: how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2022, 09:44 »
Cheating I know but I used to buy a sack and store them in the garage when we had children at home. I have grown spuds since I have had an allotment but I normally find the slugs enjoy them too much so I just buy a few as needed. Growing in bags seems better but then you have to make sure you water consistently.
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Re: how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2022, 10:06 »
Does anyone even do this??.. even farmers store in sheds/barns.. leaving in the ground is a big no no as they'll either be eaten by slugs or be hit by frost!

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Re: how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2022, 14:58 »
I'm just lazy!

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Re: how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2022, 13:16 »
Mine stay in the ground  :wub:

I intended to leave mine in the ground but with all that warm weather they started chitting  :ohmy: so had to be lifted. 

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Re: how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2022, 09:01 »
Hi if you have a lot you could try creating a "veg clamp", alternatively, do you have a pallett or similar you could prop at an angle and cover with plastic or bubble wrap then store bagged produce under that. Might be ok if weather doesn't get too bad. I've found leaving in the ground just feeds the slugs or the rot as we have quite heavy soil.

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Re: how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2022, 16:59 »
I think your reply is the nearest to what I'm asking Learnerlady  :D a potato clamp was what I was looking for so now we have established what I meant can anyone tell me how I should make a potato clamp with only materials of the allotment, and it must be frost proof :unsure:

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Re: how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2022, 18:52 »
Is a clamp that straw pyramid thing covered with soil?

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Re: how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2022, 19:00 »
Potato clamp..
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Re: how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2022, 20:14 »
I think your reply is the nearest to what I'm asking Learnerlady  :D a potato clamp was what I was looking for so now we have established what I meant can anyone tell me how I should make a potato clamp with only materials of the allotment, and it must be frost proof: unsure:

I assumed you already knew of this solution and its name, given that you said in your first message that you knew the answer  :lol:

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Re: how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2022, 16:50 »
I think your reply is the nearest to what I'm asking Learnerlady  :D a potato clamp was what I was looking for so now we have established what I meant can anyone tell me how I should make a potato clamp with only materials of the allotment, and it must be frost proof :unsure:
Hi, to add to others answers, this explains further but depends if you have straw onsite, possibly substitute with wood chippings if no straw?? Haven't tried as lucky enough to have a shed
https://blog.mr-fothergills.co.uk/potato-clamps-storing-potatoes-vegetables-using-clamp

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Re: how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2022, 17:25 »
thanks all for your replies just a bit of fun to keep the old brain box working and so AndyRVTR  was spot on together with the plan of the potato clamp and your correct Yorkie I did know the answer,

my late father-in-law used to clamp his potato crops every year and he grew his own straw on the allotments to that's a bit too much hard work for me I'm afraid, but his clamp kept the potatoes frost free and they lasted well into the spring

thanks, all RW


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Re: how to store potatoes outdoors in the winter months
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2022, 11:12 »
I store my potatoes and have done the same for 5 yrs with no trouble from slugs or frost in 30 ltr tubs which are covered with heavy duty plastic sheet to keep them dry .I have 35 tubs that last me until the beginning of April .and my allotment is at 750 ft above sea level .
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