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Noel's Potato Patch

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Over the past several weeks on the Over 60++ Team we've had some discussions about potatoes (among other things)! Several teammates (including me) love potatoes! So much so they've threatened to steal mine from the garden. But, I did promise to provide an update to how the potatoes are progressing and keep a close eye on them to make sure none are missing.

So, especially for Noel, here's the pics I promised!


This one is from a few weeks ago. You can see the nice row of onions next to the potatoes.


This one is looking back towards the house. Notice all the empty places. That's where the vining plants will spread...all the cucumbers, squash, etc. will fill that in later this summer.


This one was taken yesterday. See how nicely those potatoes are growing? There's lettuce and radishes, some beets and onions visible if you look closely.


This is the weedy end of the garden, but there are a few flowers there that need to be moved and tended to. That will happen some other time.

And last, but not least:

This is Richard trying to hoe around the tomato plants left-handed! I didn't make him work in the garden, honest!!

Hope you enjoyed your little trip through the Iowa summer garden!! Come back soon, but no one can dig any potatoes until Richard says they're ready!
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  • IOWAGRAMMA
    Linda asked about the corn in the background. That's all field corn and not good for eating. Years ago people used to sometimes eat field corn if they didn't have sweet corn, but I haven't heard of anyone doing that for years. We don't plant sweet corn for two reasons: 1) b/c it's too hard keeping the racoons out of the garden--they tear it up trying to get at the sweet corn (seem to have a sixth sense leading them right to it), and 2.) b/c it is usually so plentiful and easy to get from a neighbor farmer who plants it in the field with corn planter. Just to buy a baker's dozen ears of sweet corn will run about 5.00, but if you know the right people you can get it for free (when they've had their fill) or for much less than that per dozen, especially if you buy a bushel or so from them.
    2370 days ago
  • BELDONDOG1
    Wow, look at my potatoes grow!! lol Thanks, Jeannie for sharing your lovely garden, house, big yard-everything!! I am really impressed. What an awful lot of work!! And my poor baby Richard, in pain and agony and working at your command. Aw, poor dear! (did that get me any closer to getting those potatoes?)
    When I was a little tyke, my grandfather had a small garden and behind it he raised chickens. Thanks for bringing out the kind memories that your garden brought.
    Love you, sis and again, thanks.
    Noel
    2371 days ago
  • TXGRANDMA
    Really enjoyed the tour of your garden and the views of the house in the background! Everything looks very healthy, hope the plants are very productive! emoticon
    2371 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    LOVE your garden... ours is postage stamp size in comparison but not loved any less emoticon Your farm house in the background makes for such a pretty picture and I love the picture of your DH wielding that hoe left handed... not an easy task emoticon Is any of the corn in the background yours? Are you allowed to pick any of it... I see you don't have any planted.

    How do you water your garden?

    emoticon Linda
    2371 days ago
  • JILL313
    Your garden is terrific and far larger than I thought it would be. For me, it's like a scene from my childhood. We didn't have a farm but had a very large back yard with lots of fruit trees. When my Dad got older and was semi-retired he planted a large vegetable garden and the veggies from them were the best I've ever had. I also love potatoes--as grew up having them often as a side for a meat dinner. I go through a 5 pound bag pretty fast as we all enjoy eating them. I think they've had a bad rap but now I read just how full of fiber and vitamins they are. I'd sure love to live where you live and feel the good fresh country air. Poor Richard looks like he's having a difficult time hoeing the garden--you whip cracking wife--LOL!

    Love You,

    Jill
    2371 days ago
  • TORTILLAFLATS
    Jeannie, I really want to come visit you now, and not virtual like last time. I love the country, and gardening. It gives me a feeling that nothing else compares to. I think it is my roots!

    Hugs and thanks for sharing.
    Gail

    (shaking my head) Making Richard hoe with his left hand, shame, shame shame emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2372 days ago
  • ESILBO
    I FORGOT TO TELL YOU TO TAKE CARE OF THAT POOR RICHARD, REDUCED MOBILITY AND FORCED TO WORK FOR MADAME S GARDEN...LOL
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    2372 days ago
  • ESILBO
    WOW, I AM VERY IMPRESSED. I MIGHT BE A CITY GIRL, BUT I KNOW ALL THE WORK THAT GOES INTO THAT KING OF GARDEN. MY DAD, AND , MYSELF HAD A TRY AT IT BUT NOTHING OF THAT MAGNITUDE.
    I CANT EVEN TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE POTATOES AND THE OTHERS. DO YOU SELL AT MARKET AT THE END OF THE SUMMER. THIS IS A LOT FOR 2 PEOPLE. BUT WHAT A GREAT EXERCISE, IN MY BOOK, YOU DON'T NEED TO ADD MORE EXERCISES...LOL

    I ADMIRE YOU FOR THIS WORK YOU ARE STILL DOING, EVEN AT YOUR AGE (GOT YOU)...
    TAKE CARE SISTER
    LOVE
    LISE
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    2372 days ago
  • TXMEMAW6
    Jeannie, Love the pictures of your garden. All I have room for in my small yard is a few tomato plants. But, your garden looks a lot like the gardens we had when I was a child. My grandmother grew potatoes and had one special "house" where she stored all the potatoes for the winter. Wow, I haven't thought of that for years. Thanks for the sweet memories! Have a great day, and take care!!
    Hugz,
    Sharon

    2372 days ago
  • RFJSJ50
    Beautiful garden! It brought back memories of the ones my dad planted. He used to put in potatoes and our family of five would have enough to last most of the winter - and we were a "meat and potatoes" family!
    Sheila
    2372 days ago
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