Topic: How Does Your Garden Grow?
When the conditions are just right you can get some big surprises:
1) very mild winter
2) sunny spring
3) reasonable amount of rain in late spring
4) not being careful in fully turning the soil in the fall
5) somebody ignoring the spring garden weeding
I was using a shovel in damp soil to loosen the weed roots for easier pulling on the 1st of April. What I got from these 'ideal' conditions and action was 4 potato plants about 18 inches tall with a lot of new potatoes and some larger ones.
Now, I haven't planted potatoes for two years! We dug a few volunteers last summer and even won a blue ribbon at the fair with them. Mom dug up more volunteers last fall but apparently not all were discovered.
The missed taters snuggled in for the winter and, due to great weather - no snow and very light frost - these new plants sprung up.
I dug enough of Yukon Gold, Red Potatoes and Russetts to put together a potato salad for Easter. I tossed out 4 small purple potatoes (which I haven't planted for FOUR YEARS) as we never liked them much.
Here's my potato bounty:
There were more of the Russetts but something had nibbled at them and I didn't want to eat their leftovers!
FIRST GARDEN PRODUCE OF 2015