Friday, June 25, 2010

quite possibly more than you ever wanted to know about potatoes...

usually it's a toss-up around here whether we'll call ourselves potato farmers or chicken ranchers...

today we'll wear the hat of potato farmers, and just call it even...

we're still on the bite-your-nails-will-they-be-ready-countdown of patriotic spuds for 4th of July. it's looking good down there in the lower garden, but you just never can tell...

these are the "blue" potatoes. if you take close notice, the stalks of the plants are blue, and the flowers have a definite blueish tinge to them.


the superior (early white) potatoes are flowering as well. (the late season kennebecs are still not flowering!) the stalks of this variety are the normal shade of green, and while the flowers are a little bit purple, they more subtle in their coloring.



finally, these are the red Pontiac potatoes. still green stalks, but a more solid, albeit pale, purple coloring.



while i could maybe be considered a potato farmer (if you're feeling mighty generous and kind) I'm no potato expert.



however, it is interesting to see for the very first time a little bit of evidence of what is happening under the soil in the lower garden!

1 comment:

Angie said...

I never realized how pretty potato flowers were. :)
I guess that's what I get for buying my "taters" in a bag at the store instead of growing my own.

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