I harvested our first potatoes (ever!) today…

September 9th, 2010

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… Along with the handsome Wooga Man who thrilled at the chance to dig wildly in the dirt with me. :)

We had a great time!

I searched for wilted potato plants. And he used his man-size shovel to pour dirt on my boots. And then laughed.

I carefully dug. And he used his man-size shovel to pour dirt down my boots. And then laughed.

I walked around. And crunched on dirt under my sock. And I laughed.

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My crockpot beef stew typically takes 30 minutes to make.

Today?  It took 3 hours.

Now I understand why women used to spend all day cooking…

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My smallest potatoes were the size of a pea.  Isn’t it cute? :):)

I thought so, too.  Until I found the tiny worms that had burrowed inside.  After that, I had to painstakingly remove every single one from every single little potato that had them.

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My largest potato was the size of an apricot.  Whoo-hoo!  Gettin’ big!

Except.  The skin was strangely rough, course and bumpy.  And when I cut through it, it was unusually hard, crunchy and bumpy.

Hm.  Wasn’t sure what that meant, but just to be safe, I didn’t use them.

*Sniff, sniff!*

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My carrots were great!

Albeit, deformed by the silly bags I used to start them in (that do NOT disintegrate), but still great.

Check out this hefty fellow…

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… Straight out of Monster’s Inc!!

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But all in all, it was a good first potato harvest!

And next time…

I’ll ask Charming to dig them the day before I need them.

I’ll pre-rinse them with a hose outside.

I’ll figure out how to grow bigger ones. And how to get rid of the worms.

And I’ll ask my Dad what the weird hard/crunchy/bumpy texture means.

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3 Comments

Ailene Hert | 9/10/2010 6:57 am

Our carrots looked like that too! We used the Jiffy greenhouse too. Although we think they were short and fat because we didn’t till the soil deep enough… we’re going to experiment with that next year!

 
Cara | 9/10/2010 11:58 am

You’re my inspiration to start my own garden!

 
Bruce | 9/10/2010 6:52 pm

Gardening is one of the areas where experience is essential. As I have said before, the first year or two of gardening are about 50% production and 50% education. Keep up the effort and soon it will be 95% production and only 5% education!

 

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