We’ve been working in our very neglected garden the past few days since it has finally stopped raining for a while. Two years ago, at the end of the gardening season in the fall, we covered all the beds in black plastic for the winter. It worked great; kept the weeds from taking over and also kept our precious soil amendments from leaching away in the snow and rain. Unfortunately, the people in charge of our garden this past fall (that would be us) didn’t get around to covering the beds with plastic this year. And so, we have been weeding and weeding and weeding the vegetable beds before we can re-plant with this year’s crop. The black plastic you see on the left has only been in place about a month to try and smother grass that was already a foot tall.
One happy accident, I mean well-executed strategic long-range plan, is these potato plants. When we were weeding last year’s potato beds we found out that a lot of those “weeds” were actually potato plants, already sprouted, green and growing well.
We still aren’t sure if they are from: a. whole potatoes we missed when we harvested last fall that sprouted or b. little chunks of potatoes that were broken off when we harvested last fall which grew into whole potatoes and sprouted.
Either way, it seemed kind of foolish to dig these potatoes out and throw them away so we could plant new potatoes in their place. So we very gently scooped up the plants and their attached potato buds, or whatever it is you call the little things on the roots that will grow into potatoes, tilled the bed and made new rows, and re-planted them. Yes, I do know that according to the garden ‘experts’ you are supposed to only use certified seed potatoes to plant so you don’t get potato diseases. We are breaking that rule – and we will let you know how the potato crop turns out. We had enough re-cycled potatoes to fill a whole row.
We think these are Yukon Gold potatoes which are truly delicious, but alas the same people in charge of plastic were also in charge of labeling the crop. We won’t know until harvest.