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.