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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

La pomme de terre.

I was waiting for the foliage to die down so I could dig the tatties.  It never seemed to happen so I dug them up anyway.  These were the potatoes that just appeared last spring.  They are kipflers and although some of them were small  tiny, there were a lot of them. 

I dug the bed over twice, very carefully in an effort to find them all, then added compost and other things ready for another planting soon.  
As I was hoeing my additions in I found more potatoes.  
When I raked it I found even more. 
I will be weeding pommes from my terre for a while, I think!

I am preparing this bed for my brassica seedlings to move into.  
The seedlings are doing well and I thought I would bring them out of their little plastic box hot houses and into the sun to harden them off.  
I turned my back for ten minutes and there were white butterflies hovering about.  
I covered them up quick smart. 


  1. There's nothing more satisfying than digging up your own taters (except eating them). Those white butterflies are a prob huh! Them and the slugs were my biggest problems in summer.

  2. For some reason I think the long thin spuds are the most appealing - like your Kipflers, or Pink Fir Apple, or Ratte, or Anya...
    Maybe just one or two more weeks and then I'll plant my own seed potates.

  3. I was trying to think of something funny about 'hoes and being dirty, but I couldnt tink of anything.

    By the way, the taters look very tasty!

  4. They are everwhere here, those cabbage moths...plant some celery, sage, or rosemary near the brassica bed.....apparently this helps..I am going to try it. I already have a big rosemary bush ...and will put some sage in amongst it too...

  5. Nothing nicer than a good spud, especially home grown, well done, wish mine were as big as that.

  6. Those potatoes look really good like digging for gold. There is nothing like a home grown spud tasty.

  7. I love the soft fluffy taste of freshly dug potatoes, yours look great! I've been waiting for mine to die down too but maybe it's time to follow your lead and turf the last squatters out of the bed.

  8. Lovely tatoes! :)

    Those white cabbage moth butterflies! Argh! As soon as mine start sprouting, that's it, they are covered in eggs. Sigh. Not even white breadtabs, eggshells, nor the white netting keep them away!

  9. Looks great! Hmmm baked taties :) We have heaps of the little white darlings here too - so my seedlings are still in there protective gear LOL

  10. Will look good in curry those yummy potatoes. I always miss a lot of potatoes when I harvest them. Always some left unnoticed in the soil no matter how much I dig for them..

  11. Oh la la Hazel, j'adore une bonne pomme de terre! The season to plant them here is now, right this second and I still haven't done anything about it. Must buy pommes de terre today!

    And Hazel, stop taking photos while you are driving, you're making me nervous :p

  12. Love the title! Trust the French language to make Spuds sound so sophisticated :) Nearly everyone, moi included, love em!


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