Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Potatoes Out - Potatoes In - Tomatoes!
On my annual potato planting day (January 1st) I also harvested some Sweet Potatoes (Molokai).
They are now in our outdoor shed near the water heater to "cure."
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I could have been harvesting sweet potatoes since Halloween, but with other foods harvestable AND the tomato vine sharing the same bed as the Sweets, I just left them in their own natural storage locker, i.e., the ground :-)
For those of you new to growing Idaho-type potatoes in the valley, you won't get the huge thick-skined ones you purchase in the store. Because of our summer heat, the potatoes won't go past the "new potato" stage and are delicious and productive in the right conditions.
I may actually have some potato plants coming up in the Sweet Potato/Tomato bed as I had teeny/tiny potatoes at the end of the harvest last spring and I just tossed them back in that bed.
I NEED to figure out a different arrangement this year though as the plants are so happy I can't control them properly. We will see what I come up with :-)
I had suggested a while back that you'all try growing something new each year, and I said I want to try something new, also. I have two purple tree collards rooting (hopefully) in pots right now and they are hanging in there. Always hard to tell when rooting in pots with a new-to-the-garden plant because you don't want to start "tugging" too soon. I am really hopeful on this unique type of green as I would love to have another green to add to my dinner table mix all year.
I leave you with a nice positive message for this new year. And Don't Forget To Garden!
-- Catherine, The Herb Lady
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