Sunday, July 3, 2011

Coming Soon: Freshly Dug Potatoes

The potatoes will be blooming soon. Then I will be able to dig down and raid the plants of some baby potatoes. I can't wait.



This is only my second year of growing potatoes. Last year, July 4th was my first potato harvest. Even though this years planting time was almost a month later than last year, the plants have caught up in growth.

12 comments:

  1. How exciting! It's amazing how sometimes plants catch up even when planted much later.

    Hope you are enjoying your long weekend!

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  2. They look fantastic. Amazing how Mother Nature plays "catch-up". Happy 4th!

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  3. Seems pretty early to dig them up, or are you just digging up new potatoes?

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  4. Robin: I knew they had plenty of time to grow, but I didn't think they would catch up with last years growth.

    Tami: Yes, at least the potatoes are catching up. I wish the same could be said for the watermelon and some bell peppers that seem to be in a state of suspended animation.

    Vegetable Garden Cook: Just a few baby potatoes will be carefully dug from the ground around the edges of the plant.

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  5. Yum. Makes me wish I hadn't given up on potatoes. Tasty goodness. Enjoy!Yum. Makes me wish I hadn't given up on potatoes. Tasty goodness. Enjoy!

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  6. My potatoes were about three weeks later than normal getting into the ground but are also trying to get caught up. I am at about the same point in growth as you with the blooms just getting underway. I normally am harvesting the first baby potatoes on the Fourth of July but this year they are not ready yet. I did an exploratory poke around just to check and only tiny marble sized spuds are apparent. In a few more weeks the baby potatoes will be available - just have to wait a bit.

    Your patch is looking really good. I bet you get a great harvest from it this year.

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  7. Laura: It will be a while longer before I can rob some baby potatoes too. I pulled a potato volunteer from another part of the garden (it was shading other plants) and there were only a few marble sized potatoes.

    So far, I love this growing method. Last year, I had grass and weeds growing in between the rows that I had to weed before using the soil to hill the potato plants. This year I weeded the potato patch just once early in the season. The straw mulch and the close planting is shading out any further weeds.

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  8. Potatoes are THE best thing to grow in the garden. I know they're space hogs but there is nothing tastier than your own fresh spuds!
    They look terrific!

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  9. Sinfonian: I hope you consider trying them again next year.

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  10. How exciting! We tested a plant last week and it was way to early for us. We'll have to wait for 1 or 2 more weeks. Enjoy the harvest.

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  11. yum. Isn't it fun to see the different rates from year to year?

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  12. Wow! Look at all your potatoes!!

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