Potatoes and carrots

Potatoes and Carrots stew on this:

Both varieties are beautiful. and they are just the right size to make potato salad and roasting with meats and vegetables.

Seeds of change says, ” A 2 lb. order will plant approximately 20 row feet and yield about 15–20 lbs. of potatoes.”

I grew two kinds of potatoes.

Red Sangre Potatoes, Solanum tuberosum, Tender Annual – It is red-skinned with pure white flesh, and can be harvested early for abundant amounts of round, medium-sized tubers that are best prepared as creamed potatoes. Stores well. Maturity: Early-mid season 90-100 days. A 2 pound order of seed potatoes will plant 20 row feet and yields 15-20 pounds.

And, German Butterball, Solanum tuberosum, family Solanaceae First place winner in Rodale’s Organic Gardening “Taste Off.” A good choice for roasting, frying and mashed potatoes. Russeted skin and buttery yellow flesh. One of our favorite all-purpose potato. Excellent for long-term storage. 100-120 days. German Butterball were the big producers of the two, but both varieties under produced according to seeds of change predictions.This is their photo. I’ll have time to weigh and replace the photos tomorrow or the next day. I am not holding the Seeds of Change potatoes as guilty. Potatoes haven’t been sorted and weighed they are out in the shady yard curing. There will be one more taste test and potato evaluation. But, for now I just wanted to let you know that there was little disease. They might have produced more heavily with more rain and a bit more compost. Who is to say? More later with my own photos.

Potato History:

Used by the Andean Indians for at least 2,000 years before the Spanish Conquest, the potato was introduced to Europe by the mid-16th century, and reputedly to England by the explorer Walter Raleigh. (Genus Solanum tuberosum, family Solanaceae.)

An obligatory lecture:

In Ireland, the potato famine of 1845, caused by a parasitic fungus, resulted in many thousands of deaths from starvation, and led to large-scale emigration to the USA. This is why you should always grow certified organic potatoes.

I’m telling two tales today, potatoes and carrots because this was my work out yesterday.

These are pale carrots I thinned and pulled to early. I though growing them in the light soils mix in the felt container, I was sure to have straight and beautiful rainbow and purple haze carrots. The squirrel kept digging the seeds up. So I grew the felt container under the wire basket you see in the back ground. I see that though the carrots are not nearly as log as the container is deep, they since the bottom and have started to ball up on the end.

They are not ready to be harvested, but it was good that I could this these few carrots. I might try this method again with the chorter carrot next year.

I tried two methods of growing potatoes. Some in raised beds. And these in the cloth containers. I was disappointed in the harvest amount, but it sure was easy harvesting – dump the soil upside sown and your potatoes spill out with the soil. They grew at about the same rate and were ready to harvest when the raised be potatoes were ready to harvest.
The taste rest and keeping ability will be another test, but for now, I believe I’ll try the German Butterball again next year.

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