Part of the reason I am wondering is this year digging up taters, I found three small ones.
They were red on the skin, but long and shaped like the finger taters.
So they may actually have cross-pollinated by themselves and I might have a new species of taters that never existed before!
I’m not gonna eat them, I’m going to plant them to see if I can get a crop going!
I love gardening. Really, it’s fascinating. In a slow way, but still fascinating!
A bit of info that you probably already know..:O) You lay out your potatoes on a table or board outside for 3 days to let the skin harden and do not wash them until your ready to eat them. The skin has a natural protection to keep them from rotting. I didn't have a root cellar so I would just wipe off the dirt with my hands and wrapped them in many layers of newspaper and put them in a dark corner of the basement...lasted until the end of Feb. doing it that way, and by then quite of few had already sproated plants, but in michigan the ground was frozen or I would have planted them, they had a head start on growing...
With my onions, I used a CLEAN pair of patty hose. dropped an onion in, tied a knot drop another one in, tie a knot. etc. Those I hung in the barn and when I wanted an onion, I just cut off the one on the bottom just under the knot. They lasted in the barn until they froze. Like the potato they lasted 5 months from digging to Feb. then they were frozen solid...
If one has a proper root celler, they will last a lot longer..