The Great Potato Harvest of 2013…Well…Sort Of…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA On Saturday, we had big plans to finish the new chicken coop for our laying hens. We needed some chicken wire, since the roof wouldn’t be safe from marauding varmints with just a tarp, and I was itching to get some paint for the rooms I have decided needed painting.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA But before we could leave, I took a good look at the Yukon Gold potato plants and realized it was definitely time to harvest.Everyone should grow potatoes. They are so darned easy to grow, and when they are ready for harvest they conveniently let you know by withering and dying above the ground. It’s kind of like the guy on the redneck comedy tour, “Here’s your sign!”OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The purple potatoes and the red potatoes aren’t quite there yet, but the Yukon Gold definitely were.

I commenced digging…and digging…and digging.


In the end, we tallied up the potatoes and logged them in…17.65 pounds. I started with five pounds of each kind of potato, so that isn’t too bad for our fist year in new soil. There weren’t as many as I had hoped there would be, but I think that next year there will be far more, since we will have enriched the soil quality significantly.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I think we are in at about 30 pounds of tomatoes so far this year.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And I’m not sure WHAT these are, but I think they might be huckleberries. Can anyone verify this for me? The plant looks like this…


We still have a full row of blue potatoes and red potatoes to harvest in a week or more. I’m looking forward to tallying the totals!



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3 Responses to The Great Potato Harvest of 2013…Well…Sort Of…

  1. Christine says:

    I actually ate one, which horrified Dave. It was sweet, but did not take like huckleberries which have almost a saccharin artificial taste to them. I only ate one berry…but I sure do wish I knew what they were. I’m unwilling to eat more until I do!

  2. Danielle says:

    Mark, huckleberry expert, says those are not huckleberries. He thought they were at first but the plant does not look like one exactly.

    Nice harvest! I can’t wait to get a house and start growing 🙂

  3. Casey Diaz says:

    the girls and i are going out to replant the garden tomorrow! this semester in school was crazy and i killed my garden but it partially from the 120 something days we had.

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