This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

a happy Easter with freshly dug potatoes

potatoes and lamb on a plate
grilled potatoes and onions easter table

The over wintered potatoes I dug on Good Friday were grilled to perfection today (with onions) by the head griller here (my spouse). Really nice with spring lamb, broccoli and asparagus, spinach salad and dyed eggs. We were joined by my parents and had a good time together.

I had a big surprise on awakening - kind of like Christmas - the Easter bunny left a couple gifts for me right in the middle of the dining room: a big red wheel barrow, a new rake and a garden shovel! All of which I have been looking for. Wonderful!

potatoes in blue collander potatoes under water

Some of the over wintered potatoes were a bit ratty looking on the edges, but I peeled this off and they were crisp and creamy white underneath. I remember last fall I was in a hurry to dig them and make room for a fall planting of greens. I missed many small ones and some big ones. I considered using these for seed potatoes, but I have plenty from mail order. And I was really pleased to have a homegrown vegetable for the Easter table.

My old potato patch was in an area of the plot that will be my main path this year. So as I dug, I shoveled soil into my new beds to raise them more. My new potato bed will be a little bigger and in a different spot this year.

my easter presents
easter rose easter eggs

potatoes (Solanum tuberosum)


Blogger Jennifer said...

Yummy!!! That was very nice of the Easter Bunny to bring you those! We got a new rake, a sledgehammer and sunshine to work in the garden today. We did not find any wayward potatoes though - only rocks and earthworms.

April 12, 2009 8:30 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Lucky you to find earthworms! Happy Easter.

April 12, 2009 8:40 PM

Blogger whiterice said...

Delicious! - never did get my invitation - lost in the mail?!

April 12, 2009 8:40 PM

Blogger kathy said...

.. wondered why you didn't respond...

April 12, 2009 8:56 PM

Blogger Karen said...

Skippy looks like he is happy with what the bunny brought him!

April 13, 2009 10:16 AM

Blogger Michelle said...

Your journal is so inspiring...I am still fairly new to gardening and am loving it! I have a question, if I may...I'm wondering about planting onions and potatoes? When you plant a "start" does the "start" just grow bigger into a full size potato or onion? Or does the start grow many potatoes and onions off of the roots? Sorry if this is a silly question...!! Thank you...

April 13, 2009 5:31 PM

Blogger Salix said...

That's amazing. I would never have thought that potatoes would be edible after being left in the ground over winter.

April 13, 2009 11:05 PM

Blogger Dan said...

What nice garden gifts. I cooked the same potatoes last Sunday but in a cast iron pan. You can't beat crispy potatoes with soft, sweet onions.

April 14, 2009 9:32 AM


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