"One potato, two potato, three potato, four,
Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more!"
Today, M and I harvested some of the potatoes I had planted! I had planted three regular russet potatoes that had started to sprout (even though they are supposed to have been treated to resist sprouting) in some two gallon pots that I had, one potato per pot. It was an experiment since potatoes I've planted in the ground have never done well for me. As such, I just used some soil I dug up from the garden and didn't even bother to amend the soil in any way. The plants came up quite nicely, but, they didn't flower. They have now started to wither in our nearly 100F heat. I asked M to tip out one of the pots - the one with the most withered plant - to see what we might find and this is what we found! Small potatoes ranging in size from about two inches for the bigger ones to about quarter inch for the smallest! Not a remarkable harvest by any means, but I was thrilled! M was happy, too (he had his reservations about planting them in pots rather than in the ground). We kept the other two pots to harvest them another day because those potato plants still have some green leaves on them.
|Today's Vegetable Harvest|
The rest of today's harvest consisted of six ripe Early Girl tomatoes and two Roma tomatoes, one green Early Girl tomato (broke off when we were picking the ripe ones), and three zucchini! That makes it 102 (what I've counted/kept track of) or 122 (including what I guestimated for those that I didn't count/keep track of) zucchini since June! We've probably given away half of it, but, even so, we are getting a little tired of zucchini in all its forms! I think we might start pulling up a few of the zucchini plants in the next week or so. Many of the plants are now getting powdery mildew on them and it's best not to let it spread to the roses, etc.
In the afternoon, daughter and I went to pick up two more boxes of canning jars (24 jars, total), two bags of Dancer's dry cat food (formulated for indoor cats), and two containers of all purpose cleaning liquid, which I usually use for mopping the floors. We had ordered them, yesterday, and the pick up was curbside and contactless. It was 97F when we went to collect the items and maybe it was even hotter in the trunk where the canning jars were placed for the drive home, because at least two of the canning jars sealed themselves after we brought them into the house and placed them on the table! It was only about 85F inside the house, but, both daughter and I heard two jars making that pinging sound they make when they seal! We were both surprised! It was the first time I've had that happen!
In the evening, daughter persuaded me to join her in doing another painting! She finished her painting, but, I stopped mine, halfway, in order to prepare dinner:
Salmon fillet with onions and tomatoes, sauteed green beans (from the garden) and the last of the carrots we grew, and the new potatoes, boiled and fried in a little butter with garlic and a sprig of flat leaf parsley, also from the garden! Notice the absence of zucchini! LOL.
By the way, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website, today's (July 21) new Covid cases count was 2,551. On Tuesday, it had been 1,821. I think we will continue to stay at home and only do curbside pick ups as needed for the rest of the week, at least!
Today, I am grateful for:
- The potato harvest!
- The rest of the garden produce (yes, even the zucchini!)
- M tending to the garden
- Being able to order stuff online and curbside pick up
- Electric fans
Today's joyful activities included harvesting the potatoes and painting with my daughter.
Plans for tomorrow include finishing up my painting.
How was your day? Have you planted potatoes before? If so, have you had a good harvest? What are your plans for tomorrow?