Sunday, November 21, 2010


We grew potatoes for the first time this past summer and I think it was a swimming success given that I didn't really make a special bed or think a lot about sun exposure and drainage. I figured geographically speaking I'm in proximity to potato Mecca aka Idaho, and what could go wrong. OK so my spuds were not perfect, but went well overall.
I grew 3 varieties: Purple Viking, Milva, and Red Norland. All were procured at Millcreek Gardens, my local garden supplier.

Our first harvest is above and took place late August. I did not mean to grow such an array of sizes but the white flies were starting to descend on my plants so I employed whole plant removal and this was the result. We ate the really small ones right away, pan fried with butter and salt. DELICIOUS.

We stored our potatoes in well ventilated baskets like this one with burlap sacs over the top in our basement. This is what 1 basket looked like after 1 month of curing.

This is Papas con Rajas. Perhaps my favorite thing to make with potatoes, but the options are endless.
Next spring a bigger potato patch? Yes, certainly. But do I dare try fingerling? I'm not sure.

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Winter, finally (and seriously)

I planned to start this blog last spring as my garden flew into action, but then got into the actual work of gardening and abandoned the task. However, today its winter, really winter. I'm wearing long underwear and sitting under a blanket and I'm still cold.
Today is the shortest day of the year so from here on in it gets better. I look forward to longer days, that's for sure. But I'll also tuck in and enjoy winter's freeze and snow, it does mean skiing after all. Maybe more importantly is the snow pack - without snow there isn't water for the West.
The end of the year and the solstice are a good time to think back on the last 365. I have no reason to complain and feel really lucky about the last year and really hopeful about the year to come.