Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The spud report...

It was a gorgeous day here for gardening, clearing off some plants, and digging spuds.  I'm only digging what I need until it looks like we're going to get a deep freeze.  Starting tomorrow we are expecting a snow-rain mix.  Yup.  It goes from sunbathing weather of  82* and sunshine to high winds, cold 43* temps for highs and slush.  We'll take it!

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 was one of the driest years on record here so I think if we would have gotten just a wee bit of rain from the heavens, the potato crop might have been even better, but who knows?  Check out the itty bitty potatoes left on the root of this plant (above).  Imagine if they could have all become nice, bug spuds!  I pulled some average sized spuds off this plant, but was amazed by the amount of "babies" the could have grown up to big Mr. Potato Heads!
I pulled out the rest of the jalapeno peppers and dug a few carrots and picked the last of the cucumbers.  The stuff that grows underground I usually leave as long as possible and pull up only what I need until the snow flies and the ground freezes hard.  Keeping things underground helps the potatoes toughen up their skins and the carrots just grow sweeter.

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.

11 comments:

  1. Yum! Wow! You have a very good harvest! Hooray!
    I must think of something to put in my crock pot.

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  2. Your crops are beautiful, Jody! You're a great gardener -- even those tiny potatoes would be yummy, yes?

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  3. Don't you just love this time of year -- when the work of gardening pays off? Looks like a beautiful haul this year. I just have a teeny little garden but it sure has been fun! Thanks for the potato report too -- I've been wondering how it was going.

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  4. What a lovely bounty from your garden!

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  5. You are going to be busy these next few days, it sounds like! I'm glad your potato experiment went well.

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  6. Your garden did great! My potatoes were all the size of those little buggers you had in your hand. I'm anxious to hear more about getting the oil from your flowers. It has been snowing here since about 2:00pm. Luckily it isn't accumulating.

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  7. Love the photo of all your bounty. Those carrots are the cutest. You are eating well and I am jealous of your tomatoes.

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  8. Your garden is wonderful. It's my dream, I would love cultivate my own potatoes, carrots,. Those in the photos look fantastic

    Marina

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  9. Dang. Thanks for reminding me, I still need to dig potatoes!

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  10. I am thinking of trying this method next year.....looks great!
    Mary

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  11. Thank you for sharing how your harvest when. I am sooo trying this next year. Enjoy that harvest xox Clarice

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