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Harvested one field of potatoes.


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#1 propane1 ONLINE  

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Posted August 27, 2015 - 09:46 AM

Dug out the potatoes at home this week. Still have two more gardens at another location. Gunna dig them soon to. I think I left them in the ground to long last year and under ground bugs got at them, so will dig earlier this year and see what happens. Got 20 to 25 lbs out of the small garden at home. Not to bad, I guess. The type of potatoe is, Yukon Gem. It's a yellow flesh type. Not as tasty as Yukon Gold. Noel

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Posted August 27, 2015 - 10:33 AM

They look great !!!  Was it easier with the potato plow this year ?


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Posted August 27, 2015 - 10:58 AM

  We don't have to grow spuds here, there's thousands of acres of them just a few miles west. Usually $8-$10 for 50lb sack of nice bakers.

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Posted August 27, 2015 - 11:21 AM

Nothing like a freshly dug spud for dinner. Seems everything about digging potatoes is satisfying. You never know how many there will be, kind of like fishing, another of my favourite things to do. Then there's the smell of freshly turned dirt, the feeling of accomplishment with another job well done and the family provided for. And the feeling of oneness  you get in working  with nature instead of against her. No way I can express how happy it makes me to be a part of harvest and contributing to the flow of our way of life. Long live the gardener and the tools he uses to make food for the table.


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Posted August 27, 2015 - 11:40 AM

I am hoping my sweet potatoes do well. Vines are still growing so have to wait.


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Posted August 27, 2015 - 01:00 PM

Yes, the plow made it much easier to get them, and I could be buying potatoes in 50 lb bags too for about 10 to 12 dollars a bag, but no fun in that, hehe.  It probably cost me more to grow potatoes that to buy them, but you lose out on what oldedeeres said. And with the trouble we have been having with someone putting nails and needles in the potatoes in the fields, in our area, its hard to know what to do.   Noel      


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Posted August 27, 2015 - 02:08 PM

"Harvested one field of potatoes."

 

Really?!! How much is a field these days? :D

 

I'm glad your crop turned out well. I read a book once about a woman, Ruth Stoat, who was an advocate of mulching. She mashed down a plot of tall weeds, tossed her seed potatoes on top and covered everything with old hay. When it was time, she just pulled back the hay and harvested the spuds on the ground.

 

I told a guy I worked with about it and he tried it. Worked great.


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Posted August 27, 2015 - 03:48 PM

Yes, have heard about those methods, and have heard they work, but you don't get to play in the dirt with the tractors. Hehe.   Noel


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Posted August 27, 2015 - 04:21 PM

From my " interesting to know but of little use " file---- Ruth Stout, sister of Rex Stout, author of mystery books etc. was known as The Mother of Mulch, and was featured in Mother Earth News many, many years ago.
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Posted August 27, 2015 - 07:54 PM

  Old deeres , we get to play in the dirt plenty w/o growing spuds. Broccoli, chard, beans, carrots, cukes, tomatoes and a little bit of corn.  At our altitude we even planted some cantaloupe and have some forming but we'll see if they ripen before frost. 

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Posted August 27, 2015 - 08:00 PM

Ol' stonebreaker, your in potatoe country, the same as I am. Noel

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Posted August 27, 2015 - 11:31 PM

"Harvested one field of potatoes."

 

Really?!! How much is a field these days? :D

 

I'm glad your crop turned out well. I read a book once about a woman, Ruth Stoat, who was an advocate of mulching. She mashed down a plot of tall weeds, tossed her seed potatoes on top and covered everything with old hay. When it was time, she just pulled back the hay and harvested the spuds on the ground.

 

I told a guy I worked with about it and he tried it. Worked great.

 

That's what I do, it works great, I have a 100lbs of seed out now for fall potatoes, they will be ready here pretty soon.


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