This is a photo of my potatoes planted beside my leeks (the blue-green spiky leaves). The raised beds allow me to plant deeply and closely, allowing for a large harvest in a small space.
I plant three times a year so I always have potatoes throughout the growing season, and I don't have to harvest them all at once. Hallelujah!
I also let the potatoes sit in the sun for a day or two to "cure" them. This allows the skins, which are paper thin and easily rubbed off when first dug up, to toughen up so the spuds can endure storage better. Then to the basement they go, unwashed, of course. The dirt adds a protective layer against moisture and bacteria, and it helps prevent them from rotting mid-winter.
I'll think about that tomorrow!