STORING POTATOES FOR FOOD AND SEED
DIG FOR VICTORY LEAFLET No. 13
Storing potatoes properly was critical to having a well-fed winter. This wartime leaflet from 1942, number 13 in the dig for victory series, covers various storage methods for both eating and seed potatoes.
The potato was arguably the most important crop that could be profitably grown on a small scale at home. Yield – in terms of food value – was high for the area used. High in carbohydrates, vitamins – especially vitamin C and high in minerals. Hence successfully storing the potato harvest was given its own guide.
I’ve annotated, where appropriate, with comments regarding current methods and advice where this differs from that in this dig for victory leaflet. My comments are in green.
The original leaflet ran over 4 pages and I have stayed with that format but I’ve split the content according to topic rather than the limitations of paper.
Standard best practice for home growers today is to store potatoes in hessian sacks in a cool, dark place. The hessian sacks allow moisture to evaporate from the stored potatoes.