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Comment by Daniel W on June 27, 2016 at 1:30pm

Done, it looks like it worked out really well.  I think I was mistaken about the identity of one row.  I planted a row of Russets and a row of Yukon Gold.  What I thought was Russets has a smooth skin and yellow inside.  Very tasty.

What did not work as well, was planting highly sprouted potatoes.  Those were in the garage and had sprouts a foot long.  They did grow, but only a couple of potatoes per plant.

Comment by Don on June 27, 2016 at 1:16pm

Smart experiment, Dan.  Potatoes take a while to emerge, and after they have, of course, you can just rake up some soil over them if a freeze threatens.

Comment by Daniel W on June 27, 2016 at 12:38pm

Don, I planted those potatoes in March, I think.  I thought it might be too early, but it was such a mild winter and with el Nino and climate change, I thought it was worth experimenting.  I started planting the corn in April, same thoughts.  The variety I'm depending on most, Trinity, is a short season variety.  It has shorter stalks, shorter ears, but is really delicious and sweet.

Kathy, thanks for the potato advice.  I'll do that.  Too good to waste.

Randy, I hear you about too much heat for weeding.  For me, it's morning only.  You have more humidity - I lived there, I know what it's like. Tomatoes and corn love that weather, and maybe okra.  I think I will give up on okra, like I did apricots. 

Comment by kathy: ky on June 27, 2016 at 9:47am
Daniel, if you slice the potatoes that were cut during the dig they will heal over and use be fine.
Comment by Don on June 27, 2016 at 7:47am

Spuds already, Daniel? And corn? Beautiful. How I would love to have a longer growing season!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 27, 2016 at 6:36am

Great photos, Daniel. I envy your corn. Mine is a bust.

While my nectarines and apricots got wormy (despite spraying with furit tree oil), pears and peaches and persimmons (the 3 P's) look good. Apples, not so great.

More rain last night. Enough already! It's also been too hot to work (weed) in the garden. I think I've lost control!

The latest newsletter from the Silverthorn-farm.com says it all. It's been a week of recovery. The only thing I did to help was to cut up an obstructive tree. I'll do more when it cools off--either this week or in the winter!

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 27, 2016 at 5:54am

A persimmon happy dance.  A vision of joy.

Comment by Daniel W on June 26, 2016 at 7:48pm

Joan, that's true.  But, I don't think I have any "hurry" in my system these days.  :-)

Here are my first spuds of the year.

When I was growing up in Southern Illinois and Missouri, we used to say the sweet corn should be "knee high by the 4th of July".  My first batch, a veriety called "Trinity", is eye-ball high.  The second batch, called "Bilicious", is waist high.  The 3rd batch, also "Trinity", is almost knee high.   I figured, with climate change there was no way tp predict the weather but it would not be much loss if they frosted or didn't grow, so started early.  Planting new batches every 2 or 3 weeks, the last ones were last week and not germinated yet.

There might be some persimmons this year.  Inside my little brain, there's a boy doing a happy dance. 

Cherries for pie

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2016 at 7:07pm

Daniel, if we hurry really fast and set up production, we can make and market honey buckets!

Comment by Daniel W on June 26, 2016 at 3:42pm
Randy, my heart goes put to you and your family for the bad weather. I know when there are setbacks in my garden, how frustrated I sometimes feel, and I dont have to make a living on what I grow. I hope everything comes back together and you can move forward soon.

We got our first potatoes today. Some nice spuds, Burbank Russets for baking and a pink flesh red skin potato for boiling. Two or three plants of each, estimating about 5 pounds total. I have abount 50 plants remaining, so maybe 50 pounds still in the ground. Not bad. We eat several pounds a week.

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