Spent a good part of the day yesterday getting these lovely tubers into the ground. Today I hope to finish he job. It’s been about 13 years since I tried growing potatoes – basically the time we have been back living on the coast. The effects of the wretched wireworm have kept us from growing this wonderful crop (wireworms love potatoes and riddle them with small holes). The market garden we are maintaining at Waitara Farm appears to be virtually wireworm free. So we’re going all out and planting a handful of tasty varieties including: Russian banana, Russian Blue, Red Chieftain (misspelled in the picture), Bintje, Sieglinde, German Butterball, French fingerling, and Linzer delicates.
As I straddled the rows and planted I felt like I was literally returning to my roots or, more accurately, tubers (both Michelle and I are Dutch).