The potatoes were such a disappointment last year that I almost didn't try them again. But little bags of organic eating potatoes tempted me a few months ago so I tried greening them up and then planted them in two trenches, as an alternative to standard hilling methods.
They grew fine for a while, then looked horrible in the heavy rains of spring. But the other day, I did an experimental dig near one corner of the bed, and came out with a purple potato the size of my fist, just right for part of a casserole. Hooray! Could there be more?
Today I found out that there were more! Almost four pounds of lovely thoroughly purple potatoes. The big ones were roasted tonight, and I think those little ones might enjoy being planted out in an empty bed, starting the cycle all over again.
The rest are going to have to wait a bit -- I'm not ready to harvest and process a lot of potatoes right now. Have to clean the basement and reorganize a bit. Some is still awash in garlic or shallots, and the empty jam and tomato jars are in need of restacking, plus the bee equipment could use a nice straighten. I'm sure I'll have time to do it all really soon.
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