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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

Kitchen remodel, round 4

I have to look up when the last set of photos I posted was, but it seems like a long time ago. Things have definitely come along, and we’re starting to get excited to finish (we’re waiting on the stainless steel countertops at this point). One wall is 98% done (the one you see in the photos with the refrigerator and ovens, and the other two areas (one against the other wall, and the island) are still in process. The good news is that we can now cook in a real oven and use our dishwasher. We still don’t have the sink or cooktop, so that does limit what we can do.

Some other things you’ll see in the photos—early photos are of the kitchen before the cabinet doors went in, all our appliances while they were still in boxes, the walnut slab that will be half of the island (we’re super excited about this), and the fireplace, which had little to do with the kitchen except the fact that it was surrounded by pink tile which we hated.

Since we ended up having to replace the floor with new bamboo, we decided to pull out the tiles from around the fireplace since the floor had to work around them anyways. We’re putting slate tiles on the floor and are still trying to figure out what to do as the surround.

A story about band-aids (or how to meet your neighbors)

So, this is really a story that happened to Jay, but I’m going to tell it anyway.

This morning Jay was out mowing our parking strip grass (note this is a 100ft long x 10ft wide strip, so it’s kind of like a field) with our new battery-powered Neuton mower and side hedger. Jay has met many neighbors since we got this mower. Today, he met another.

A car pulled up to the side of the road and a woman rolls down her window and says, “Hi, do you have a band-aid?”

Jay, in his kind way, says, “Not on me, but I can go get you one.” He proceeds inside the house to find a box of band-aids. Not knowing what kind of injury she said, he decides to bring out the entire box to let her choose the best fit.

Jay asks, “What size do you need?”

“Oh, any size”, she replies. “I’m one of your neighbors. You know, the house with the bamboo around the corner.”

“Yes, I know that house,” Jay replies.

“Thanks for the band-aid. I didn’t grow up with band-aids when I was a kid, so I never have any.”

She didn’t offer any more information after that, but quickly changed the subject and took off, band-aid in hand.

Definitely makes you wonder where she’s from or what her childhood was like. I guess that’s a story for the next time they meet.

Kitchen remodel, round 3

Here’s a few more photos of the kitchen remodel, which now includes sheet rock on the walls. It’s starting to look like a real room again.

Bummer of the day is that our bamboo flooring is no longer being produced (we had planned on just continuing it throughout the rooms); so we’re doing a little more hunting around to see if we can find any anywhere, and otherwise are going to re-group on the flooring and see what we can come up with. I guess it’s always something with projects.

Kitchen remodel, round 2

Since the last kitchen post, we’ve been to Hawaii (photos coming soon), and things have progressed with the kitchen as well. We now have a 22ft steel beam supporting the upstairs and two new windows (one actual newly cut-out-of-the-side-of-the-house window, and one new window that just replaced an existing one). We’re wired up for the lights and plumbing, and tomorrow (or actually later today) the sheetrock is going up. It will look a lot different then, so I wanted to post these few photos of progress so far before the walls are in….