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Today I planted potatoes

One container contains La Ratte, described as: “French potato, the culinary superstar of European haute cuisine. Mildly nutty, reminiscent of chestnuts, hazelnuts and almonds with a subtle sweetness.” And the other is Red Thumb: “This fingerling is somewhat new and rather rare. It has brilliant-red skin and reddish-pink flesh. Medium to long tubers have very shallow eyes and come out of the ground clean as a whistle.”

The potato starts are from Irish Eyes Garden Seeds via our local gardening store City People’s (very dangerous place as it’s only two blocks from our house, and so so easy to go crazy w/ plants, seeds, etc. there)!

They’re planted in smart pots, which I’ve never used before, but are supposed to work great for potatoes. It’s a soft-walled pot that’s supposed to aerate and “air prune” your plants. We’ll see how it goes.

For those who’ve never grown potatoes, the reason the dirt is so low now is that you wait for the sprouts from the starts then add more dirt as they grow. Each start is supposed to give you 10-20 potatoes and I planted about 10 in each pot, so if all goes well, we should have an abundance.

Today’s Harvest: Uncle Wilfred is a Winner!

tomatoes

Inspired by David’s photo of yesterday, and the bountiful harvest of today, the title of this photo is appropriately, “today’s harvest”. Now, this doesn’t mean we’ll have the same tomorrow, but wow!

It wasn’t a good year, weather-wise, here in the NW for tomatoes, but we planted “Uncle Wilfred’s” tomatoes in the our p-patch plot. Here’s the story of the tomatoes, from his niece who sells starts in the spring:

My Uncle Wilfred lived and gardened in England for over 80 years. He had the most incredible green thumb I have ever seen. Most notably THE BEST HEIRLOOM TOMATOES EVER!. They thrive in our Northwest climate, so similar to his. It took him over 50 years to perfect them, and I was thrilled when he passed them on to me.

I have to attest, that plant was very prolific! Even without too much sun, most of the fruit in the photo (not including the cherry tomatoes and a few of the ones in the back) are from this one plant! You can see it, pre-harvest here:

tomatoes-on-vine

Now, our canning class is going to come in handy. (Oh, and Jay counted — there’s over 100 of them….)

Nikita and her Raspberry Beret

Nikita and her Raspberry Beret 1

I’m really not trying to turn this into a cat blog or anything, but this is just too funny. Nikita has made “friends” with our raspberry bushes. Jay thinks maybe it has something to do with their proximity to the catnip and cat grass (i.e. she takes a few chomps of the grass, smells the nip, and the raspberry bushes turn into something more than they really are….) In any case, she really loves them.

Nikita and her Raspberry Beret 2

Mad-P Planted

Anastasia in her Mad-P Patch

After being on the waiting list for 3 years, we finally got a plot! Here I am pictured in our newly acquired community garden plot. The garden is part of Seattle’s P-Patch gardens, and our garden is named the “Mad-P”. This was just when I was trying to figure out how we might be able to plant some more food / veges in our yard. So we’re really excited to have this space, and it is literally just down the street (2 minute walk).

So on Sunday our friend Jeanine offered to help plant, as she knows something about gardening, and doesn’t have her own garden at the moment. So we bought seeds and hopefully picked some things out that will still grow (we’re getting a bit of a late start). Plantings include: carrots, radishes, snap peas, zucchinis, tomatoes (these in plant form from the farmer’s market), a couple lettuce starts (also from the farmer’s market) and some flowers (marigolds and I think they were called ‘paper flowers’ or something like that).

We’ll keep you posted on how things grow!

Photo by Jeanine Anderson. (Check out her photos, they’re really interesting!)