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Digging Potatoes Early

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2013 has been a difficult year to start a garden in a low, wet area. There was excess water on this property even before the torrents of rain, and the soggy conditions are perfect for spreading blights.

Which is why we decided to dig our potatoes a little bit early. The yield is pretty small, but there’s always next year….

 

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Waylon is just beginning to reach the age of being able to “help” around the house (he’s very good at scrambling eggs) and in the garden so after breakfast this morning we headed out to see if the potatoes had done as well as we hoped.

Waylon helps inspect the first plant.

Waylon helps inspect the first plant.

Pulling potatoes off the uprooted plants. Many of these could have used plenty more growing time, but with the blight we didn't want to risk it.

Pulling potatoes off the uprooted plants. Many of these could have used plenty more growing time, but with the blight we didn’t want to risk it.

Potato! He was also fascinated with the abundance of earthworms.

Potato! He was also fascinated with the abundance of earthworms.

Helping Daddy.

Helping Daddy.

 

Now we’ll be keeping an eye on the tomatoes. We might end up with a lot of green tomato chutney or pickles instead of fresh salsa and sauce this year.

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Category: Farming & Gardening, Food

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  1. Tommy says:

    Brian has had blight for a few weeks now and dug his up too. He looked at mine and they were good, but I still think about digging them just in case. BTW, you’re getting pretty good at taking pics now. Looks like Audrey is teaching you well!

  2. Lois says:

    Our potatoes didn’t do well this year with our rains either. Children do enjoy playing in the dirt and finding food growing in there. The little ones had so much fun last year I gave them their own garden plots to plant what they wanted and how they wanted this year. They also love turning the compost.:-)

  3. Paula says:

    We had late blight on our tomatoes (among other things) but your post mentioning green tomato chutney made me realize that all was not lost! We picked all of the green tomatoes and canned 10 pints of green tomato salsa.

  4. Everett says:

    Mmmm, green salsa….

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