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Those potatoes we planted a few weeks ago are coming up nicely.  IF we find the time to deal with these correctly this year, we’ll mound soil up around the plant as it grows taller which is supposed to result in a lot more tubers per plant.  Oh… and keep the plot weeded.  That’s a big if but it’s in the plans.  That’s an official gardening objective for 2012.   That’s poopy straw from underneath our chicken roosts.  We remove it every morning.  It’s there for both weed suppression and fertilization.  Pretty cool, eh?  I’m also planning to actually read my pumpkin seed packets for days to maturity in an attempt to have pumpkins (more than one would be lovely) in October this year.

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  1. bonnie fowler
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 06:54:49

    I am trying potatoes for the first time this year. I planted some small potatoes that I had bought at the farmers market and accidentally let get full of eyes. So I saved them to try planting. I was surprised to see them growing this week. I thought maybe I had let them go too long as they had hairy roots every where and looked deflated when I planted them. I figured it was worth a shot though.

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  2. Connie
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 07:14:04

    Yay, Bonnie! More than half of what we planted were from our refrigerator from last year. New potatoes are supposed to be ready to harvest when the plants have flowers on them. You’d want to wait a few weeks longer for full size. We usually dig them up before they are fully mature, it’s the most fun vegetable to grow. Harvesting is like a treasure hunt.

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  3. Knickers
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 08:50:40

    We did potatoes last year but didn’t get very many… I think we planted too late. BUT the big experiment for us last year was sweet potatoes! We’ll be doing those again too.

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