Sunday, May 31, 2009

Garden

Larry has put a lot of time in the gardens this year, and we're seeing early rewards.

Yesterday we got our first new potatoes of the season. I only had to buy one bag of potatoes between our last year's stored spuds and this year's new ones--and most of the bag is still in the fridge.

Some of what's ready in the garden now: radishes, three kinds of lettuce, snap peas and potatoes. Also ready: spinach, chard, onions, beets. Coming next will be cabbage and green beans. The beans we planted (defying the frost date) on April 12th are almost ready to bloom.

But these potatoes, these are the thing we look forward to every year. We're not big potato eaters--except for new potatoes. Add butter, maybe a little parsley, and eating doesn't get much better.

11 comments:

Cathy said...

Wow! It all looks so good!

Twisted Fencepost said...

It all looks delicious!
I love potatoes, but new potatoes are my favorite.
I'm so jealous.

Granny Sue said...

It is good, but as you know it doesn't happen without a lot of sweat. Mostly Larry's this year-- I did the greenhouse and helped plant, hoed once or twice but after that he's been doing it. Now my part is dealing with it as it comes into the kitchen, which is really the fun part.

Janet, said...

I love new potatoes. It will be a while before we get any. Don't know what's happened this year. We tilled up the first planting and planted new rows, but only a few are showing through the ground. We planted red potatoes, too.

Granny Sue said...

Janet, I think the rain has rotted some sets in the ground. Ours were up and growing before all the wet weather, so that's probably why they're okay. And the soil on this hill dries fast too. I hope your new planting does well.

Country Whispers said...

We worked in the garden last night and I dug up some new potatoes. They are one of our favorites too!

Laura said...

Wow, I am jealous. I think my potatoes are about to bloom. As I sit writing this, my garden needs hoeing. Hopefully time for that tomorrow.

Granny Sue said...

How neat that I'm not the only one with new potatoes. Laura, I don't know if you've had all this rain but it sure has held up garden work. And if your potatoes are about to bloom, then you'll have new postatoes pretty soon after that.

solsticedreamer~laoi gaul~williams said...

it all looks wonderful! i have the first few tiny green beans in my garden, peas, two varieties of tomato, peppers, chillies and assorted salad leaves (including sorrel).yesterday i was wondering about radish too.

Nance said...

Good photo. Neat garden. I am trying to grow potatoes in a deep pot. Don't have enough garden space.

Granny Sue said...

Thanks, Nance. I think your plan will work. I remember once leaving potatoes in a basket that got covered with leaves or hay and they grew in there. there was a good bit of dirt on the potatoes, and they rooted through the bottom of the basket I think. It was a long time ago, maybe 30 years or more.

When we cleaned out the potato bin this year, I suggested that Larry dump the old potatoes over the hill and cover them with the used bedding from the chicken house. They're growing like crazy so i expect a few new potatoes from this makeshift patch too.

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