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Old 09-17-2007, 12:27 PM   #1
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Incidental Potato Plant

wIn the spring or early summer, I was looking for some potato for dinner and found a russet that had seen better days. It was soft and had 4-5 inch-long sprouts. I showed it to SO and suggested she go out and stick it in her garden to see what might happen.

We watched a potato plant grow all summer, wondering what might be waiting for us below. She was eager to pick it several times but I kept telling her to wait until later in the Fall. Well, she was working in the garden yeaterday and saw that a critter had been at the potato plant. She dug it up and we had tiny baking potatoes growing. One had been eaten but we salvaged two little one which I will cook up along with dinner tonight. It was just an experiment. Maybe next year we'll plant earlier and get a bigger harvest.
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Old 09-17-2007, 12:32 PM   #2
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Cool Andy! Ken dug up our potatoes just yesterday and along with the Red Norlands we planted he found a "volunteer" russet from last year. There were about 6 decent sized potatoes under that plant. I love surprises don't you?
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Old 09-17-2007, 12:34 PM   #3
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I wonder how much bigger they would have gotten given another month.
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LOL @ Alix, we call `em "Volunteers" also here in the UK :)

when I lived in my penthouse, I had a 3x8 foot balcony, I used to grow potatos in pots on there, the flowers had died the year before, I had a few I found that had been in the back of the larder hidding and had plenty eyes, so I shoved em in the pots, I had over 3 pounds next year and they were Great!, I left the baby ones in the soil and year after year for about 5 years we had free spuds for a meal or 2.

Splendid work Mal :)
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Old 09-17-2007, 01:23 PM   #5
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Well, she was working in the garden yeaterday and sa that a dritter had bet at the potato plant.
So you made vodka out of these potatoes, eh?
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Old 09-17-2007, 01:48 PM   #6
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Sadly, I don't have vodka to blame it on.
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In that case, slide your chair a bit to the right, then reposition your fingers on the keyboard.
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PL@

OOOPS, too far to the right.

OK!
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:04 PM   #9
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I wonder how much bigger they would have gotten given another month.
Wait another month around here and you might be digging through a foot of snow to get at them.

The tops were almost completely withered...so it was time...while I could still see where they were planted.
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Old 09-17-2007, 07:05 PM   #10
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I always heard that to get the most produce out of your potatoes, wait until the tops die down to pick them.

My Grandpa White used to plant a whole acre of potatoes, which they stored in the "cave" along with other produce and home canned goods.

Can you imagine digging a whole acre of potatoes by hand?
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