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Washing potatoes

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Is it OK to wash potaoes after you dig them up? Or should I just let them set?

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I always wash mine out on the lawn with the hose.Let them lay out there for a few hours to dry off and put them in a dark place.To early right now to dig them.Even if they are dead on top......they will keep the best in the ground.I usually dig them mid to late Oct.

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When I grew up we had a potato patch that yielded about 2000 lbs of spuds. Maybe it was the amount but we just put them in sacks until we needed them. I doubt washing them will do any harm.

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When I was a kid, I don't remember how many sacks, but we'd just get rid of most of the dirt with our hands before they went in the sack.

I don't grow near as many potatoes now, and I do what Ken does. Spread them out on the lawn and hit em with a hose and let them dry. I keep them in milk crates, and cover them with a tarp.

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We always dug them in late summer, once the vines dried off, and cured them on the north half of the corn crib, out of the sun of course, usually without washing them to keep from harming the mature skin as much as possible. Even spading fork holes usually healed and the spuds kept better. This summer might not actually be warm enough to get a good cure.

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