storing potatos

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by outsideman1, Jun 26, 2005.

  1. outsideman1

    outsideman1 Well-Known Member

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    need some advice on storing potatos . i dont have a cellar so other ways to do it would be appreciated. also should you wash them before you put them up or what amd what about onions should you just wash them and tie them up or do any of you guys do something different . thanks
     
  2. LittleJohn

    LittleJohn Well-Known Member

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    You can make a small root cellar by burying a barrel and covering it with hay(make some drainage holes and a wooden lid). Or even putting it in a huge pile of leavs or hay. A couple things to watch for make sure you have good drainage (put gravel under it) and watch about heating if you use a lot of organic mater around it.

    Most people dont wash thier potatoes its not recomended but you can if you leave them out to dry and season a day or so before storeing them(not in the sun or they will turn green which is poisonus).
    Onions if they have very green tops lay them out to dry a bit when leathery, braid them together and hang them up. If the tops are to far gone to braid get some old panyhose and put them in one at a time tying a knot beween each. You can either cut them off one at a time as you use them or slit it open and pull them out (then you can reuse it).