Skip to content

More Harvesting

September 2, 2014
Freshly oiled and ready to go

Freshly oiled and ready to go

Trying to get the potatoes harvested has just fallen to the wayside with the hot weather and then waiting out the rain.  It was too hot to store the potatoes just yet, since they would stay cooler in the ground.  But fall’s clock is ticking, and I am running out of daylight every single day.  The soil dried after the rainstorm, so today was the day to begin.

100_8917
What a difference from in the potato patch in late July (below)  to this week.

100_8342

The head faithful pup

The head faithful pup

100_8936
It’s a comfortable day for potato harvesting and taking breaks with the old guy.  He’s got thirteen potato harvests under his collar and he knows we need a break in the drudge work.

100_8938

Peter Wilcox

Peter Wilcox

So nice to meet you Peter Wilcox, you look delicious!  And kind of prolific too!

100_8943
I heart fresh tomatoes for lunch.  A perfect late summer day.

Advertisements
16 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2014 1:41 pm

    Nature’s bounty with love! ❤

  2. Allisa Imming permalink
    September 2, 2014 2:44 pm

    Aussies are so amazingly charming! They do it to everyone they encounter. Little manipulators!

    • September 2, 2014 4:35 pm

      Allisa, man you’re right on that, he keeps an eye on us like you wouldn’t believe. He has to make sure I’m tucked in at night before he can go to sleep too, soooo faithful.

  3. September 2, 2014 3:59 pm

    You sure grow a LOT of potatoes. This was our first year to grow them and I was totally happy with what we got. Will definitely do it again. We’ve had quite a growing season here.

    • September 2, 2014 4:36 pm

      Maybe that picture is deceiving, there’s only four rows, thank heavens. I grew too many last year, so we cut back a bit. I’m looking forward to the taste testing of the new to us varieties.

  4. September 2, 2014 6:02 pm

    Do you dig your potatoes or plow them out?

    • September 3, 2014 7:12 am

      Ellie, we just dig them, there is only four 100′ rows so it doesn’t take that long, we spent about 40 minutes per row and did two yesterday. They’re not deep either, I only plant about 3″ deep and then hill so they are at the soil surface, pretty easy really.

  5. September 2, 2014 7:24 pm

    Can I start growing potatoes from the potatoes I buy at the store and eat, or do I need special seed potatoes? I love the idea of growing potatoes but don’t know where to start.

    • September 3, 2014 7:17 am

      SJG, sometimes potatoes from the store have a sprout inhibitor applied to the skin, unless you buy organic potatoes. Seed potatoes might be a better place to start, plus you get a better choice of varieties. In good conditions and with proper care during the growing season you could expect a yield of 10 pounds of potatoes for every pound of seed potato you plant. Pretty good return 🙂

      • September 3, 2014 6:47 pm

        Sounds good to me! Thanks for the tips 🙂

        • Bee permalink
          September 4, 2014 9:04 am

          A farmer’s market is another good source of organic potatoes; you can taste-test what’s unfamiliar. In a local market, your chances of importing disease are likely to be lower, as that grower probably is very careful — often more so than some of the big commercial farms whose employees may or may not follow disease-prevention practices (as evidence by regular recalls of contaminated foods and produce).

        • September 4, 2014 6:46 pm

          Great idea! Thanks 🙂 I picked up some purple potatoes a few weeks ago. Those would be really cool!

  6. September 3, 2014 9:17 am

    Just to give my experience to sophisticated jersey girl above, I use organic grocery store potatoes to plant. The organic label ensure they don’t have sprout inhibitor on them, and they have always worked well for me (red potatoes work best in my experience). They are a LOT cheaper than seed potatoes, but there is still one big advantage to seed potatoes: they are certified free of diseases, and grocery store potatoes are not. If you buy grocery store spuds there is always a chance you are importing disease to your soil.

  7. September 3, 2014 1:35 pm

    Adding my two cents to SJG’s question; there are some really amazing, wonderful varieties out there, that you won’t find in the grocery store. New to me this year was starting potatoes from seed; it worked very well, and I’ll be looking for more of my favorite varieties in seed form, and saving seeds when necessary. The seeds apparently don’t carry the disease risk.

  8. September 3, 2014 6:22 pm

    We have such poor dirt here in Florida, we made raised beds and brought in garden soil. We have started our seeds. The big farms have planted the tomato fields and they are starting to bloom. We usually go to the fields and pick tomatoes when they open them to u pick.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: