New Potatoes- 50 Pounds

Up and out at 6 a.m.  I had my studio to clean up.  I took two big plastic boxes, a broom , dust pan and brush down to the studio and got to work.  I put all the cloth away in boxes or on my shelves so they were neat and could be kept clean and then moved everything and swept down the whole place.  I got all the old dead crickets cleaned out and even found 5 that were not quite dead, but they are now.  Nothing is moving in there now but me.  Then I did my sewing and pressed each seam before I came up for breakfast.  After breakfast Norman had to water his new plantings in the kitchen garden.  It looked for a while yesterday as if the old wives tale would come through, we got a lot of thunder and a few drops of rain but not enough to water the new seeds.  Then we went to the big garden.  No animals in the gardens down there last night.  We dug two rows of Yukon Gold potatoes.    When we planted them in March we planted them in raised rows and twice while they were growing I hilled them so they had lots of room in nice loose soil to grow and it paid off.  We got beautiful big potatoes this year and with the few from the being of the row that we had taken earlier this week we got a grand total of 50 pounds.   Right now we have them laid out on a drop cloth to dry, then I will brush them, can the small ones and store the large ones.  Yukon Gold potatoes don’t keep too long so we will eat these first.   Patty and Becca will have to take any we have left when they come up in July.  We have 1 1/2 row of Yukon Gold to dig and then 2 1/2 rows of Red Pontiac and 2 rows of Kennebec  plus the few we planted in the old compost pile so we should have plenty for everyone.  We dug these first two rows, not because they had to be dug but because we just could not wait any longer to get the second planting in.  The beans we planted with the corn have done so well and nothing is bothering them so now we will plant corn and beans together in where we take out the potatoes.  Last year we put in just beans and the deer ate them as fast as they began to grow and we got nothing out of those – we had to buy two bushels of green beans to can.  The only ones you can buy here are half runners and we like the bush snap beans much better for flavor so that is what we plant.  Now we have the lacing and the mint-X bags in the garden we are hoping with the corn to help protect the beans too we will get our beans in this second planting.  Norman is down there now getting the soil raked  and hoed into raised hills for the planting.  The soil is so nice and loose from all the stable manure we have put in there  for two years you don’t need to till it again to plant a new crop just the digging of the potatoes using the potato fork tilled it up as good as any tiller could do the didn’t kill any fish worms.    Time for me to get the dinner started.  Broccoli with nut sauce on noodles is the new dish for today and stewed chicken with cabbage.  Add those to yesterdays left over vegetables and we will eat again like a King!!  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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