Tuesday, October 02, 2012
The spud report...
Do you remember back when I told you about my new gardening experiment? The No-Dig Potatoes? Well, since the growing season is drawing to a close, I thought you might like a spud report. So far I have dug maybe a sixth of the garden up so there's a lot more left to uncover, but so far the potatoes are really lovely, clean, and a nice size. Most of the spuds are what I'd call average size and I'm getting about 5-6 average sized potatoes per plant. Some plants have a few bigger potatoes and some have smaller ones, but I'm really happy with how this experiment has turned out and I definitely will do this again next year.
This evening in the dark, Hubs and I yanked up the tomato vines and pulled off all the unripened tomatoes. We put them on a tarp and both of us carried them into the garage. Hubs thinks we have about 75 pounds of tomatoes. I think they'll ripen up in the garage as the days and weeks go by. We also fetched in the pumpkins and the butternut squash from the patch.
Tomorrow morning I'll go snip all the parsley and dry it, and then I'll cut the calendula flowers and dry those too. I'm planning to infuse the petals into oil for homemade healing ointments. I didn't realize my flowers had healing powers until I started looking into making different salves. I'm learning lots.
Guess what's going into the crock pot tomorrow? Potatoes for Zuppa Tuscano Soup! Can't wait.