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.

Friday, August 13, 2010

a happier potato story

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I went out and dug a bit in my garden just now. What a relief to find a bunch of nice potatoes!

From one All Blue plant, I found 4 potatoes. The other plant I dug was a Green Mountain (I think, though can't remember for sure). Three big potatoes from that plant. The yields are low because the bed gets sun from noon-3. With so little sun, I'm really glad to get this many. And they are so pretty!

And no critter damage!


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Blogger meemsnyc said...

Ooooh, I love the blue potatoes! Pretty!

August 13, 2010 3:26 PM

Blogger Dan said...

Ah very nice! I dug some potatoes today too. Wish there was more but I always wish there was more... :-)

August 13, 2010 9:58 PM

Blogger Stewart said...

Your digging yours up and I'm putting mine in :)

August 13, 2010 11:44 PM

Blogger earlysnowdrop said...

Beautiful potatoes. I just read an article on a blog from Sunset magazine about potato towers. You might want to try next year.

August 14, 2010 3:37 PM

Blogger Wendy said...

great! I love the blue potatoes. Don't they have a really pretty blue flower as well?

August 16, 2010 1:16 AM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Sadly our first earlies were like pebbles, not enough rain. We have had a few heavy showers this week so hopefully the lates may perk up a bit, hope so.
Marian (LondonUK)

August 16, 2010 3:55 AM

Blogger Matron said...

I dug my blue potato plant yesterday, it has been such a dry Summer, I only had 4 or 5 tiny, tiny potatoes!

August 16, 2010 4:43 AM

Blogger Salix said...

We really enjoy our potatoes when they are very young and sweet, tender with the skin just flaking off. Dig and cook the same day! That is the reason that we grow our own! The taste is incredible! We start harvesting the first ones as soon as they are the size of a golf ball. In a few weeks we will harvest whatever is left to enjoy throughout fall and maybe early winter.

August 16, 2010 11:09 PM

Anonymous Getty said...

Beautiful! We're also getting about 5 potatoes per hill. We have had plenty of rain all summer, our problem is hard clay soil. But we love every bite we can get. I keep thinking I'll have leftovers for potato salad - there are never any leftovers.

August 17, 2010 9:19 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I remember reading somewhere that a good potato farmer can get up to 20 from a hill. 5 sounds good to me.

August 17, 2010 12:45 PM


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