green potatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Saginaw, Mi
Question by babsnake
August 8, 2008
My potatoes are starting to die and when the tops fell over I noticed that some potatoes sticking out of the dirt and they are green. If I rebury them will they be alright or should I throw them out. I grew cauliflower for the first time this year and have good 8-12

Answer from NGA
August 8, 2008


The greenish parts of the potato that were exposed to light will be bitter and the greenish cast will not go away, even if you cover the potatoes up. But, the parts of those potatoes that are not green will be edible so I'd just leave them alone and plan to cut off the green parts prior to consuming them. Both cauliflower and cabbage can be harvested when they reach average size for their variety. At 8-12", I would say yours are ready for harvest. Likewise with cabbage. The longer it remains in the garden, the larger the heads, but also the better the chance that it will split. So begin harvesting when the heads are 6-8" in diameter and continue throughout the summer. Enjoy!

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