Monday, November 03, 2008

One potato, two potato, three potato, four!

I planted three potatoes.

Well, actually, I planted a few more than that, but they were overwhelmed by the Squash Jungle and didn't get enough sunlight to set tubers properly. So, for all intents and purposes, I planted three potatoes.

I dug 3.75 pounds of them out of the ground yesterday.
La Ratte fingerling, German Butterball and All Blue potatoes

While it may be true that that isn't a whole lot of potatoes, you have to keep in mind that this was my very first time planting them and that anything more than three was a success in my book.

No one told me they'd be so pretty, either!
All Blue is actually all purple.

Tasty, too.

I think I'm going to have to plant more of them next year. In pots. In full sunlight. Well away from the raging hordes of squash.

This, by the way, is my absolute final harvest.

No, really. I mean it this time!

I'm really looking forward to next year!


Missy said...

I love blue potatoes! I like to slice them really thin and fry them to make purple potato chips. I have a hard time finding them around here tho..

Melinda said...

I planted potatoes for the first time this year, too. And I was equally pleased, since I didn't have a clue what I was doing! We also had some blue and some purple potatoes (and interestingly, next to each other the blue ones are a bit more blue... though still purple!!).

We found that our white potatoes produced a lot more prolifically - from the pictures, it looks like that was true for you as well? Though... the purple & blue & red ones were definitely tasty!

Woman with a Hatchet said...

Missy: You'll just have to grow your own! They were really easy, but I'd recommend not trying to grow them in the middle of a squash patch. : )

Melinda: Did you grow Red Bliss? I hadn't even thought about the red/white/blue issue! But, yes, I did seem to get a LOT more whites than anything, the butterballs more than the fingerlings. They're all yummy, but Eric prefers the white over the blue. Caitlin really loves the blue ones, though, so I suspect that they'll be back next year.

ellen said...

The kids and I got to harvest some potatoes at a local historic farm last month. It was cool to stick the pitch fork in and see what you turned up. We got to bring them home too.

I need a garden. Wanna fly out here and start one for me next year? ;-)

Woman with a Hatchet said...

Ellen: there are actually people doing that as a JOB these days! Creating gardens for others. You may want to check your local farmers market, you'd probably find someone there that is currently doing it. Then you wouldn't have to foot the airfare!

Alternatively, I can tell you all about starting a garden. We can talk off line, if you're serious about it.

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