We were greatly encouraged by our “poking at the potatoes to see what’s going on down there” test harvest last night, and discovered the Desirees were already way bigger than we really wanted them to be. They were the first of our potatoes to sprout, and the first to flower by far, and now they’re the first to be getting that “yellowing leaves means it’s time for harvest” look to them.
The others? Still looking green and robust. And planning to eat the house:
Digging up potatoes is awesome. You just push the soil around a bit, and all of a sudden, attached to a little umbilical cord shooting out of the roots, is a potato!
Tugging up the plant brings up a handful of them:
There wasn’t a huge quantity under these first two plants, so we decided to leave the other two in place for a couple more weeks. But considering this was just 1/12 of what we planted, we’re awfully pleased.
And in the next bed over? A garlic bonanza!
We planted three varieties of garlic: Persian Star, German White, and Chesnok Red. The German White was the first to sprout and the first to get scapes, so not surprisingly, it was the first to get to harvest point. When 40% of the leaves are brown, it’s time to dig the heads up.
German White seems to have heads that are made up of just a few really big cloves. These are by far the biggest garlic heads we’ve ever grown…
… And we got tons of them:
The best part about the harvest today was that it was actually less than a third of the entire garlic bed.
The New York Times recently ran an article about how much cheaper it is to grow your own veggies than to buy them, and we laughed and laughed at that notion. There is no way this is a less expensive way to get the kinds of crops that are standard staples, like tomatoes, onions, and potatoes. But in looking at how much garlic we’ve gotten this year, and considering how little effort we put into them, this might just be one crop that is not only yummier to grow yourself, but also cheaper. Oh, and Matsui enjoys home-grown garlic a lot more than store-bought.