Monday, November 07, 2005

Daily Farm Photo: 11/7/05


Did you know you can 'store' your potatoes in the garden? These Norkotah Russets were ready to eat several months ago, but I just dug them up last night for dinner. Notice the dark, rich soil they were grown in? Oh, the joys of sheep manure!

11 comments:

  1. I really need to do a garden. Thank you for the tip on the potatoes.. I love potatoes -- baked are always best. Even the little ones.

    Have a great day!

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  2. I never met a potato that I didn't like or the way anyone cooks them.

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  3. *Oh, the joys of sheep manure!*

    That is quite possibly my favorite sentence EVER since you first started blogging. :)

    Amy

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  4. Aw, man! I can't even keep my potatoes in the ground long enough for them to mature. Something (voles, I think) burrows in and eats them from underground.

    We are building a raised bed lined with hardware cloth. Should have better luck from here on. :-)

    Those potatoes are gorgeous, Farmgirl!

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  5. How does that work? Can they just stay there, or do you have to do something special?

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  6. How do you keep them from starting to "grow" again? I admit I've only grown "new" potatoes, but any I don't dig up when the tops die back start putting out leaves again as long as the weather is right.

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  7. "Oh, the joys of sheep manure!"

    Oy...I hope you washed them first...

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  8. Hi Heather,
    Before I moved to Missouri, I had no idea how potatoes were grown--or how easy the are to grow. Or, for that matter, how amazingly delicious they are when dug up just before dinner. Definitely plant some when you can.

    Hi Vickie,
    Well, you're easy to please. : )

    Hi Amy,
    LOL, and to think I almost left that sentence out! : )

    Hi Jamie,
    Bummer. Ravenous burrowers are the worst. Good luck with the hardware cloth. : )

    Hi Alisha,
    I just leave them in the ground. This year some weeds grew over them, but I just let them grow. If we have a real dry spell, I might water the raised bed, as potatoes prefer a cool, moist place to live.

    Hi B'gina,
    A few of mine do sometimes start to re-grow, but I just make sure I dig those up the next time I want potatoes. I simply snap off the stems. In fact, one or two of the potatoes in this photo had sprouted. It doesn't seem to make any difference if you catch them early. I do think this is the longest I have ever left them in the ground. I'm still having a hard time believing it's November already. : )

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  9. Hi David,
    Your comment sneaked in while I was typing mine. Did I wash them first? Hmmmm. I could say something very cheeky because I know it would be oh so easy to gross you out, but I will (for one of the few times in my life) show some restraint and simply stick to the truth: yes, I scrubbed them very, very well before cutting them into chunks, boiling them until just right, tossing them with big chunks of organic butter, and sprinkling them with lots of salt. (The leftovers will be panfried in homemade lard.)

    P.S. If you've never eaten anything grown in sheep manure before, you haven't truly lived. Even if you do reside in Paris. : )

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  10. hi! this is a beautiful photo. the daily photos just keep getting better.... be well, mav

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  11. Hi Mav,
    Wonderful to hear from you. Thanks so much. : )

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