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    July 21, 2010



    That is a pretty good potato harvest. Ours hasn't been so great! Will have to try it in containers next year! Love the butterflies. Pretty.

    Blackswampgirl Kim

    Oooh... I am so jealous of your Purple Cherokee, and those delicious-looking beans and potatoes! I think I need to sow beans again. Maybe tomorrow, even.

    By the way, great job to SS2. Seedlings aren't always easy for even experienced gardeners, and those look great. :)

    Heather's Garden

    Meemsnyc -- All I know is that it's easy to harvest the potatoes from the containers. I can't wait to see how many Yukon Gold we get!

    Kim -- I think I have to sow some more beans too! SS2 says thank you and held up his green thumb to show it off.

    Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings

    Hey Heather! Glad you're back home. I was at the hospital with my mother and read of your Canadian adventures, but when I went to comment, something fouled up on the iPhone. Imagine that.

    I came home to an irrigation system gone awry, but my very patient husband fixed it. Lovely getting to know you so much better.~~Dee


    Didn't those potatoes taste better than any ever bought? Mine seem to be dying back also and I did not have that problem last year. Hmmmm....nature sometimes does weird things. Garden looks great.

    Heather's Garden

    Dee -- I hope all is okay with your mom? It's it lovely to have a very patient husband! I'm just sorry we didn't have more time to visit in Buffalo, maybe next time.

    Layanee -- They did! And we've bought potatoes from local garden stands, but these were better. So looking forward to the rest of our harvest. I'm thinking maybe it's the heat getting the potatoes? Though the Yukon gold and the red fingerlings seem fine.


    I feel your pain about the zucchini. I never had much luck with zucchini until this year. I think hand-pollinating helped, as did having MORE squash plants in general; perhaps the greater number of blossoms attracted those pollinators.

    As for the potatoes, I remember last year my potato plants never bloomed, and the tops were so deccimated by slugs, i was hugely doubtful I'd get any spuds...but I did, many times over.

    My potatoes DID bloom this year and they are looking like they're dying back some, but I think you're supposed to wait longer before harvesting.

    Heather's Garden

    Fern -- It's not a pollination problem, lots of male flowers, fewer female, which makes for not a lot of zukes. I think we're having a warmer than usual summer which is making the potatoes come sooner than expected, or at least sooner than I expected. I'm letting the other die back completely before I do any harvesting.

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