Monday, May 30, 2011

there's no shame

...in planting 85 potatoes—all in newly-broken sod.

20 Comments:

OpenID chickadeeworkshop said...

Well, that's 85 more than I've got, so I say contrats! It was in the low 90's here today. If it was anywhere near that in your area, 85 potatoes was ALOT. Your garden is great and I certainly understand the lateness. Potato beetles are not fun to deal with. I hand picked them, sprayed them with detergent water and all sorts of natural things trying to keep them at bay here when I grew them. They took over anyway. So good luck! May you have a bountiful harvest of taters.

May 30, 2011 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

85 seed potatoes is going to make a lot of potatoes! I've read in several different places that potatoes produce more calories per acre than any other crop, so for keeping the wolf at bay, they're tops.

I'm growing them for the first time, in grow bags because I have heavy clay soil, and I hope they all come out alright.

Not sure how I'm gonna store them; it's not cold enough here for a clamp, I don't have a basement, and I don't have a handy hill into which I could dig a root cellar. It also rains all winter long. I'll probably have to freeze most of them.

So Jenna- how are you going to keep the 850 pounds or so of potatoes you're growing this summer? Does your old house have a root cellar?

May 30, 2011 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Mama said...

Someone has earned herself a cold beer and a long soak in the tub.

May 30, 2011 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger kringsrud said...

Sounds like you're gonna need another Pig this fall to help you put away all those spuds.

May 30, 2011 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger candisrrt said...

well....There sure isn't!!!!

May 30, 2011 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

It was 84 in the shade here today and I just couldn't work in the garden. Heck, just sitting at the computer I was sweating. You did very well to plant anything much less 85 potatoes.

May 30, 2011 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Sarah Rachelle said...

I'm growing my first ever potatoes - only two plants, but I'm so excited! 85 potato plants is really something to get excited about! Have fun hoein' them potatoes!

May 31, 2011 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh, I was so close!

May 31, 2011 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Congratulations on getting that many in on a really hot day. I was close on my guess (100) but I couldn't imagine me planting that many. Hope your back and legs are ok today.

May 31, 2011 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

Good job Jenna and I am sure you will get a bountiful havest from them.

May 31, 2011 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

Paula you can also can them. I canned a bunch last year and they were really handy when I was lazy. Make a roux, add the broth of your choice, drain a can of taters & toss in. Instant taters & gravy.

May 31, 2011 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

I planted my 5# in my compost pile comprised of chicken house litter, bunny doo, leaves and grass clippings. I noticed this morning I have green leaves just poking through. Whoo Hoo!!

May 31, 2011 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Tina and her boys said...

Good job! I worked in my garden a bit yesterday but it was so hot that I did only what HAD to be done.

May 31, 2011 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger karental said...

Congrats! When you post that you are roasting potatoes on a cold winter evening I will think about Memorial Day 2011.

May 31, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Coley said...

i LOVE potatoes!


Did I miss the last banjo for the last song? I have 3/4 down!!

May 31, 2011 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Paula, sounds like you and I are in the same boat. We surface plant our spuds, and cover them over with very deep mulch. That works quite well, and we leave all the mulch in place to break down and enrich the soil in that spot. We have trouble storing them as well.

Maggie - I'm going to have to look into canning potatoes now. Thanks for the tip!

May 31, 2011 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Misha said...

I planted potatoes in a large self-watering container and the plants themselves are thriving. Don't forget to bury the plants as they grow taller as that's where the tubers grow. I think that's why mulches and hay work great for planting potatoes. Hoping to try some in ground this week, but we're in CO so it's not considered late. We haven't had issues with beetles when we plant in containers.

May 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Lara Katherine Mountain Colley said...

That's my kind of potato patch! I don't even know how many I planted this year, but I planted two very long field rows, decided it wasn't nearly enough, and went back to the feed store for two more varieties. I'm looking forward to many roasted chickens with mashed potatoes this year.

May 31, 2011 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

Impressive!(And I'm from Idaho so that's a big compliment...) We planted 36 seed potatoes (Caribe') for our family of 4 so you should have plenty!! I like the hay/straw method too, less digging... Love the garden video!

May 31, 2011 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Wow, great job! Loved seeing the garden tour in the previous post.

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May 31, 2011 at 10:29 PM  

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