Saturday, June 5, 2010

Tater Tots

This year, I didn't plant a veggie garden - I was still enjoying the Swiss chard that was booming along in the garden from the previous year and the pot of healthy herbs growing on the front steps, so I figured that was enough - and I was feeling lazy.

I had a pretty good-sized unplanted pot, however, filled with good soil and chicken poop, just begging to be asked to dance. So, when I noticed that one of my organic russet potatoes in the fridge had started to grow eyes, I made a split-second decision to farm after all. I cut the spud in four pieces, each containing an eye, and shoved them down equidistant from each other into the soil about 1" deep.

Nothing happened. I waited and watched and watered, but nothing happened. I finally shrugged and gave up, figuring I should have gotten certified "seed potatoes" as all the online advice suggested. Oh, well, no big loss.

Then, just this past weekend as I strolled by that pot, I stopped to pluck a little weed that had started and just look what I found! Three tiny potato plants poking up through the soil and spreading tight little green leaves to the sun! My sprouts seem to be doing well and I'm already dreaming of the harvest come fall when the green parts die back. I'll have to go back online and find out what else I should be doing to encourage my little tater tots.

Labels:

11 Comments:

Blogger Greg said...

tater tots!;)

Saturday, June 05, 2010  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

You will be so proud to harvest your own spuds!
(Maybe that fourth sprout will still come up... Or maybe you "weeded" it.)

Saturday, June 05, 2010  
Blogger peter said...

"Seed potatoes" are one of the biggest scams ever foisted on us public. Just buy in Feb or March and plant in April or May.

Saturday, June 05, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, I'm glad you got the joke and it made you smile.

Cookiecrumb, yes, the fourth sprout just appeared yesterday and is already 1/2" high! I'm psyched!

Peter, interesting you should say that when almost everything I read online recommended "certified" seed potatoes. I just took a chance and, apparently, it has paid off.

Sunday, June 06, 2010  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

I've always grown potatoes from "eating" potatoes that sprouted big green eyes, and yes, Peter, there's a season.
Yay for tater number four.

Sunday, June 06, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Do any of you know when to harvest?

Sunday, June 06, 2010  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

After the yellow flowers die (if you get flowers at all). Otherwise, I think July 4.

Sunday, June 06, 2010  
Blogger kudzu said...

Potatoes are very forgiving crops. My father once grew them on top of the ground (maybe place in a small hole in the dirt for anchoring) covered with pine straw. As the plants grew, he piled more straw on top. All he had to do to harvest them was to clear the straw away. Very dramatic, very easy. Of course in the South, there's no shortage of pine needles/straw!

Sunday, June 06, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Cookiecrumb, as they are in a pot, do you think I have to harvest all the plants at once - or do I perhaps have a chance to do one plant, then another?

Kudzu, you're certainly right about the pine tags (as they call them in Southern Virginia) - they are amazing mulch. Your Dad was a smart guy.

Sunday, June 06, 2010  
Blogger peter said...

I went to our local organic-type store in early April and asked the produce guy if they had any sprouted potatoes. He said "sure" and let me at a huge box they were about to throw away. I filled a big bag with purple, Yukon gold, and red. Planted 24 pieces. 23 are up, and thriving. For free.

Monday, June 07, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Peter, now I'm kicking myself for planting four pieces of a boring old russet. Shoulda held out for more exotic potatoes.

Monday, June 07, 2010  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home