I’m so excited to tell you that I harvested my first crop this year. Potatoes! These are from the volunteer starters left in the “give and take” soil given to me awhile back for my raised bed. It wasn’t quite time to hand-dig the potatoes, but the foliage was crowding the zucchini and other vegetable plants. Imagine my surprise when I pulled up nine potatoes. Nine beauties that range in size, from that of a ruby marble to a baseball.
Removing potatoes from the earth was so much fun. I had no idea what type I was going to dig up, Yukon Gold, Russet Burbank, or some other variety. My little earthlings were Red Skinned. They smelled of birth, bearing the scents of sun and earth and air. I was so pleased with my treasures that I held them against the racing blue sky like a newborn, dedicated to God. (I know. I got carried away.)
I left six plants so there will be more potatoes toward the end of June. For sure, I want another raised bed. One that will farm more potatoes. This is just too much fun.
I haven’t decided how I’m going to prepare my first harvest yet. Red Skinned potatoes are best boiled, roasted, or barbecued. Nine is enough for one meal for two. Whichever way I cook them, each tender piece will bear a delicious bouquet. I can taste them now. Yum!
Tomorrow I’ll bring you some potato harvesting tips.
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