[Market-farming] Kate! potato harvest!

Kate Halstead rockyprairie at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 12 20:20:00 EST 2007


Congratulations! So glad they worked out for you...wait till you taste them!

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[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Shawnee
Flowerfarmer
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 4:48 PM
To: Market Farming
Subject: [Market-farming] Kate! potato harvest!
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Hey Kate and list...remember those Ozette potato sets that we talked about
last spring?  I needed them for an 1850's history garden.  We harvested on
Sunday, November 5th....68 pounds of potatoes which was quite tremendous for
this garden and only historically accurate fertilizers...meaning mostly
compost/manure.  
 
I was amazed at the amount and size of the tubers since they were planted in
beds that had a previous life as a gravel parking pad.  I hadn't really
hoped for much as the plants seemed small and floppy, and the irrigation
depended on spotty volunteer efforts.  But, wow! I have grown many
fingerling varieties in better soil and never had a harvest like this.  I
have saved 15 lbs for next year's garden.  (Let's see if I can get them
through the winter safely)  
 
The success of the potatoes helped to counter the disappointment of the
pumpkin patch.  Heirloom vines set a beautiful crop and then collapsed from
wilt as the pumpkins were ripening....and next came the wretched groundhog
to chew nearly all the remaining fruit. 
 
Thanks, Shawnee, zone 5 sort of...



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