Tuesday, March 17, 2009

spring things

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I planted some Irish potatoes.

I had three pounds of Kennebec potatoes cut, healed, and ready. The bucket is for me to sit on as I plant, since bending, stooping or kneeling hurts my knees really bad. Notice the black tape around the hoe-handle; I use that to mark the distance between rows.

I try to leave two eyes on each chunk of potato.

I plant my potatoes deep. If they should come up and freeze, they'll be fine. The tops will die down to the ground, but they'll keep growing and making new tops.

You probably couldn't tell it, but this is the first pea to emerge from the ground, obviously in celebration of St. Paddy's Day.

Another cause to celebrate: the back yard dried out enough for Cliff to till it! Maybe I'll have actual grass in my yard before long. No more mud!

I asked the lady at Colonial Nursery if it was too soon to set the pansies out: She said no, they're very hardy, but told me to "harden them off" first. Done and done.

Springtime is so exciting; I'm wearing out my exclamation mark!


The Gingerbread House said...

Found your blog through "slowlysheturned" I love the way you did your potatoes and hubby did too! We have a small "Almost an Acre" piece of land
not much but we try to use it well...:o) Ginny

madcobug said...

Good for you getting those potatoes in the ground. My son and DIL planted five long rows of red potatoes last week. A bushel of them he said. Good luck with yours. That pea is looking pretty and green. Pansies are also. Helen

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

You are going to have quite a garden there. From the looks of those long rows, you'll have enough potatoes to feed the neighborhood. How wonderful the first pea has popped and the grass is sown. I love your pansies. They are a breath of spring for sure. I love your whole entry . Spring is just wonderful and it's so nice to see pictures of something besides snow.
Enjoy your day! 'On Ya'-ma

Lindie said...

How soon can I plant my herbs? I actually have chives and thyme that survived the winter here in KC!

Hollie said...

What a refreshing sight. I can't wait to see your potatoes coming up. Looks like Rachel can have lots of potato soup.

Kelly said...

Everything is looking great there! Use those exclamation points all you want, its Spring, we can grow more. ;) I just planted my herb seeds in little pots, nothing coming up yet, so I dont know when to put them outside.

Lori said...

I've seen a lot of pansies out here lately, but I haven't planted any yet.