Tuesday, September 20, 2011


"P-O-T-A-T-O-E-S, Boil em, Mash em, stick em in a stew." Samwise Gamgee

This year we planted potatoes for the very first time. And they grew great! In fact the plants grew so tall and bushy that I was quite certain that they must have put all their energy into growing up instead of growing potatoes. They grew so large they crowded out everything else that I had planted around them. My suspicions were even verified by other gardeners. But I let them go, figuring I’d wait till they started to die off and see what pathetic little taters I would find…

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This wasn’t even taken when they were at their peak

In the last week or so they finally started to turn yellow and fall over. I translated this into it was nearing time to pull them up and see what we got. Imagine my surprise (and delight) when I yanked up the first one and found these two behemoths hanging off the bottom!

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Ok, so I was wrong! Andy and I got right into pulling and digging up the rest of the plants. The soil was obviously just right for growing potatoes! I’m thinking we probably should have harvested them sooner.

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Now we just have to figure out how to store them all for the winter…

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