I have a dilemma that I wonder if any of you can help with.
We still haven't harvested our potato crop because the weather has stayed relatively warm (no killing frost yet) and our storage area for the potatoes is also remaining warmer than we'd like to have it.
We've been "stealing" potatoes from the garden as we need them. They've been bigger than usual, heavy, solid, crisp, and very flavorful. (Hip-hip-hooray!)
The problem? About one-fourth (maybe a little less than that) of the ones we've dug so far have holes in them.
And in these holes are very small worms about 1/4" long and thin, white/beige in color and they've very obviously been happily dining on the potatoes.
When we bring in a batch of freshly dug spuds, I sort the perfect (no holes/no worms) ones from those with holes in them. The perfect ones get stored in the spare refrig and the holey ones I leave out on the counter and try to use up right away . . . after cutting out the bad spots, of course.
I've been encouraging hubby to help me dig up all the potatoes because . . . well, I just want to get all outside work done and buttoned up for the winter so I can get back to doing some QUILTING! (Yes, I am becoming increasingly cranky because I've been out of my quilt studio for so long.)
The dilly-emma: When we store the potatoes, what the heck am I gonna do with all of them that have the worms in them?
Hubby thinks that if we don't dig them right now, but rather wait until we've had a couple of frosts, the worms will be encouraged (by the cold weather) to leave the potatoes and burrow down deeper in the soil for the winter.
If that happens, I would be very happy. If it doesn't, won't the worms just keep eating the potatoes in storage and probably cause rot and other ishy things to happen to those potatoes? (I'd certainly have to store them separately from the "good" potatoes.)
I've never encountered this problem before and am wondering if any of you have or if you have any advice to offer.
Thanks in advance for any help.