The Roller Coaster Life of a Farmer

We dug potatoes Monday and my hopes were dashed.  I know Yukon Gold potatoes don’t store well so planned on eating those this summer fresh and storing the Red Pontiac but when we dug the first row of Red Pontiac potatoes my hopes were dashed.  They were not as prolific as the Yukon gold and about half of them had such bad cancer like scabs I couldn’t even bake them.  Some were so bad  I couldn’t even peel the scabs off enough to have any potato left!!  This morning we dug two more rows of Red Pontiac and the story changed 180 degrees.  The hills were loaded and most of the potatoes were scab free and the few that had scabs at all had the small wart like scabs that can be just scraped off.  Why that one row in the middle of the garden was so bad I will never understand but I am thankful no other row was like that.  In the two rows today we got almost two bushels of beautiful potatoes!!  There were two plants of Kennebec potatoes at the end of the last row and those two plants were loaded and not a scab on any potato.  We now have just one more row to dug, which we will do tomorrow.  They are all Kennebec so hope they are as good as the first two plants we dug today.  I hope Patty and Becca have enough room to take home a bushel when they come in July.  I told Tyler his mother would bring him home some so she had better have room for his anyways.   Tomorrow morning I will not have time to sew, instead I will go down and tie up tomatoes again and pick beans.  If there  is a lot of them we will can some tomorrow, otherwise I will just pick enough for dinner with some left overs and wait until Monday to can.  They are coming along great and the rain yesterday encouraged their growth but it does take a lot of beans to get a canner full.  Friday we want to make sauerkraut with the two big cabbages we have left.  I have the crock and read all the directions.  They say it is easy and never get a bad batch so we will see.  Again I know Patty and Chris like sauerkraut so they can help us eat it when they come up in July and take some home in Mason Jars if I make too much.

I need to get out side now and pick the blueberries for breakfast and then pick raspberries and juice them so that I can make jelly this week end.  Things look great again so I am riding high.  Even the  crickets can’t get me down now.  ( I just ran out to see why Norman was calling me and it was only to see what time it is.  His watch stopped working so he waits for me to call him in and today he got hot and tired and hoped it was time to stop for dinner.  It wasn’t quite yet so he helped me pick the raspberries and we got about a quart. Now it is time to put on the spaghetti  for dinner.  I also picked a hand full of blueberries for breakfast.)  Back to the crickets.  I spent all my sewing time today killing crickets again.  As soon as I’d start to stitch another cricket would jump out at me and the race would be on again.  We have decided to fog the studio and see if that will get rid of them for a few weeks.  I looked up on Amazon and the indoor fogs were on half price sale for prime members so I got a box of them, 6 in all and they will be here tomorrow or Friday at the latest and I’ll wait to finish my sewing until we have given the fog a chance to get rid of them.  If it works at all we will set one off in the barn also to get rid of the crickets and cockroaches there also.  Wish me luck, it seems to be one thing after the other but that is the way goes, isn’t it.  As long as I can keep one step ahead of the problems I have no complaints.  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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