Andalucian Potato Harvest

An old rusty rotivator refused to rotivate so it was a case of good old fashioned hard labour with a mattock to loosen the soil on our veggie patch.  Motivated by the thought of our own crop of home grown veg we were keen to try to grow some ‘earlies’ but would it be possible to grow new potatoes during the winter ready for the table in May?..  The potato seeds were sown in precisely measured rows; two welly boot footprints wide, with each seed one and a half footprints apart.  The temperate Andalucian climate aided the growth of the potatoes, but one overnight minus temperature and frost in January seemingly destroyed the crop, as the stems and leaves turned limp and black.

Amazingly though, the potatoes continued to grow.  Soil was piled up over the leaves ‘earthing’ to protect from more frost and encourage more roots and tubers.  A little watering and weeding and hey presto! The first week of May, buckets and buckets of little golden potatoes.  Is it worth the effort when there are bags of potatoes on offer in the supermarket?  Definitely, our boys were so excited to dig around to ‘find another one’ plus you can’t beat that fantastic taste of early home-grown new potatoes.  We’ve been serving them up boiled with a little salt and butter, or Spanish-style as Patatas a lo Pobre (poor-man’s potatoes), cooked in olive oil with chunks of garlic, onion and peppers…delicious!

There's a Potato, Andalucia, Spain

Our Potato Haul, Organic Potatoes in Andalucia

So Proud of My Organic Potatoes, Andalucia, Spain

Our Potato Haul in Andalucia, Spain

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Tara says:

    How lovely! My dad grows potatoes in his garden and they melt in your mouth. I can’t wait for his to be ready. They way you served yours sounds perfect 🙂 #MySundayPhoto

    1. Thanks, it’s great to grow your own, i’m sure your dad enjoys that home grown taste

  2. John Adams says:

    My first thought “potatoes….growing in Spain???”….I then remembered which nation state invaded and ruled most of Latin America, bringing the potato back wit it! Looks like a fantastic crop. great work. #MySundayPhoto
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    1. Thanks, we are pleased with our crop. The fruit and veg here is superb. Asparagus for example is big business here.

  3. Nothing like digging your own vegetables, lovely photos .

    1. Thanks, it’s definitely exciting and rewarding!

  4. How lovely, that looks quite a few…certainly more than we ever used to get

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    1. Thanks for hosting, we are really pleased with the harvest so far, looking forward to the main crop now!

  5. Emma Raphael says:

    Aw that’s a great crop. Lovely photos illustrating how you harvested them too! I am such a rubbish gardener! #sundayphoto

    1. Thanks, glad you like the photos. Give it a try

  6. What beautiful family photos of an activity you can enjoy together x
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    1. Thanks, the boys enjoyed the digging, sowing, watering and especially the picking!

  7. What a perfect weather to dig for potatoes. It looks so much fun too! #mysundayphoto
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    1. Thanks, we had fun, it’s a great climate for growing here.

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