2.25.2011

Potatoes are coming!

Received confirmation today that my tators will ship next week! Yeah! Spring is coming. :)
This year I placed my order with Ronniger Potato Farm in Austin, CO. I'm very excited to give these tubers a try. I'm hoping to have better luck with this time around.
I prepared a plot for planting in early Fall and am hoping this year goes a lot better than last year. Ok - so maybe I was a little hasty last year in digging/dumping my potato bags but I wanted potatoes and I wanted them "now!" so I really have no one to blame but myself for the failed harvests. Alas - yet again my impatient nature reared it's ugly head - well not this year!

I will be planting:
Bliss Triumph (red)
Purple Viking
Purple Majesty
Pink Pearl
Bintje
Ozette Fingerling

Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!



2.10.2011

Sweet potatoes

After many fruitless searches on the internet I found very little about when to start rooting my sweet potatoes for slips but plenty of info on how to start rooting my sweet potato slips - so in defiance of the harsh winter weather we've been getting I'm hedging my bets and I decided to start them today. Probably starting them too early but last year I probably started them too late (late March maybe??) Not really sure but I definitely know I didn't do all I could do to get the slips going strong.


In late Fall, year before last ('09), I picked up a couple of Japanese sweet potatoes from a local farmer's market and stored them over the winter and used them to start the slips I put out last summer. Not knowing a damn thing about how to plant, care for and harvest sweet potatoes I'm surprised I got any at all but I did - some big, some small and lots of very sad looking ones. I saved out the very best ones and am using those and a few others I picked up at another farmer's market this year.




 I've got 6 tubers going - two had already started to sprout so I'm hopeful! Right now, at this very moment, they are sitting atop my fridge (the warmest spot I think of without breaking out the seeding table and lights which I've got plans to do this weekend - just not tonite!). Here's to tators!

Crappy crap crap crap!

The snow and the cold has been awful here in the Midwest. Just awful. It's been cold and snowy and just plain miserable and I've been going more than a little stir crazy. I hate being stuck indoors. I want to go out and play with the chickens. I want to go out and dig in the dirt. I want to go outside without my lips cracking and my eyelashes freezing. Yes, yes I sound like a petulant child but dangit I'm sick of being indoors! At least I have my loving other half to keep me warm at night - he's so good at that kind of thing. :)


 It's a crappy picture and it wonderfully captures what was a crappy day!

I need spring. I need spring to come tomorrow. Oh wait - we're getting highs in the 50's this weekend - that's close enough I guess.