Sunday, March 15, 2009

Potatoes and posies

Cliff and I did some shopping this morning. We needed grass seed and something to kill grubs, too, and we got those at Walmart.

I bought three pounds of Kennebec seed potatoes a couple of weeks ago, and cut them up so they'd be ready to plant on St. Patrick's Day. Then later, I happened to read something about Yukon Gold potatoes, and I wanted to try those, just out of curiousity. As far as I know, I've never even tasted Yukon Gold potatoes. So we went to Colonial Nursery, knowing they'd have them because they have anything you'd need in the gardening line. There aren't a lot of plants out for sale anywhere, this early; but I saw some cute little pansy faces in the greenhouse and got a few. Plus more radish seeds and some beet seeds. Cliff went ahead and got his peaches-and-cream corn seeds while we were there, although it won't be planted for weeks.

The radishes already up in the garden are just fine, still alive and well.

I'll plant the Yukon Gold potatoes on Good Friday, weather permitting; that's April 10. Daddy always planted potatoes either on St. Patrick's Day or Good Friday, but he preferred the latter, saying the moon sign is always right then.

Personally, I don't worry about such things, but if it's convenient I'll do it that way, just because it's tradition.


madcobug said...

To me those Yukon Gold potatoes are delicious. I have bought them in grocery stores around here to eat. Helen

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I agree with Helen, those Yukon Golds are good!
I made mashed potatoes with the ones I got and everyone noticed the difference. My mom said her folks would plant potatoes after St. Patricks Day too, but they lived in W.VA where it is milder than it is here and we don't plant much before May. Radishes, turnips, lettuce, and cabbage is ok I think. My mom was a gardener, I'm not much of one at all. 'On Ya'-ma

Lisa said...

Donna I just loved this entry. Oh I can't wait to plant my garden and am anxious to hear how your Yukon Gold potatoes turn out. They are delicious when I have made them for mashed potatoes and yes they are absolutely better than the usual potatoes I buy. We planted a few rows of corn last year so if you don't mind I am very interested to know more about the peach corn your husband likes. We found if we did not pluck our corn early while the ears were small it did not taste good...tasted like feed for stock if we let it grow too big... but we just planted a regular variety I think. Is peach corn better and can you let the ears grow to a hearty size for table eating??? I planted radish, green beans, snow peas, cucumber and lettuce last year. The lettuce did very well and was so easy to grow. Took off like crazy. We had fresh salad constantly. My carrots did good too but the ground was not deep enough as a stump had been there a few years ago and they were the shortest fattest carrots you ever did see LOL LOL LOL. Sounds like my kinda day to go browsing the garden centers! I have a few pansies up too. Hugs,

Sonya said...

Sounds like you had a fun day...we are planning our little garden. Have a good week.

Muhd Imran said...

Sounds like a good plan and an enjoyable hobby too. Hope the weather will be great for you.

I love gardening when I was younger and living in the village. We had our own compound and livestocks. We could plant anything. From vegetables to flowering plants. It was a wonderful and low-stress time.

Reading your plans for gardening reminds me so much of enjoyment I had when I was young. Now it's just concrete jungle with a novelty little potted garden outside our corridor.

Well, at least I left that joy in my lifetime.
Have a wonderful week ahead.

loopymamain06 said...

here in michigan nothing before Memorial day, well maybe peas and potatoes....I'm looking forward to my asparagas patch this year. first veggie of the year.

Hollie said...

I love hearing you talk about gardening. It means Spring is almost here! YEA!!! My MIL loves the Yukon Gold potatoes. I haven't had them, but I have heard her talk about them being so good.

I've got to get me some of them....

Hyperblogal said...

I have pots of flowers that I put around the pond and use for portrait backgrounds... but I always have to sit on myself to wait for safer weather. But, it's very hard I want to plant!!!!

Jess said...

I know nothing about planting or

Glad you do! Have a great week

Love, Jess

DB said...

Superstitious or not it's a good idea not to ignore the signs.

DB (The Vagabond)