Sunday June 19th 2016Tim
Following heat that so ruthlessly sucked moisture from
the earth and gardener's innate reluctance to water,
Potato harvest has come very early. One argument is to
leave the little darlings in the ground until the stalks
of Potato are truly frazzled to the point of kindling.
Your gardener has practiced that technique in the past,
but the thing is when the earth cracks open due to
dryness, which it has done, a population of very small
four legged, grey and tan, furry pests with little white
tummies and long tails gain access to a feast that calls
for so massive a celebration it can be heard by the Owls
in Central Time. And should ever it rain again, as it
well might, the suddenly damp soil with temperatures in
the nineties encourages the sooty agues that can be so
distressing to look at, as well as the borer worm that
blemishes Potato flesh, and there's a grub that hides
from moles by nesting inside the Potato..... The list is
long and depressing.
the rain should have continued on a more regular basis
through at least the middle of next month, the temperatures
should have remained in the mid to upper seventies, light
winds, low humidity, none of which is ever going to actually
happen which makes wishing it pointless. I'd argue that the
mid March planting of Potato worked well this year. We
didn't get the horrible frost, it was patchy and the Potato
sprouts deep in their perfect trenches were easy to protect.
Of the varieties of Potato, and I do have a list somewhere,
I have for good few years been veering toward the idea of
favoring the Early Potato, and somehow or other I have to
try to remember this so I don't get all starry eyed should I
be around for next years Potato Planting Moment. Sadly the
Early Potato does not keep, she's best a little under boiled
straight out of the ground, her delicate skin takes to
butter, a little Parsley, a flake of salt, a toss of pepper.
Worth every second of agony.