I just hauled in my first crop of potatoes. I didn't get them in the ground as early in the Spring as I had meant, but they grew anyway. I was surprised to see the nice, little purple blooms they produced in mid-Summer.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Purple blooms on my potato plants"][/caption]
The plants died about a month ago, so I decided to go ahead and try sticking my fingers in the soil to see what was there. I was happy to find about 10 potatoes, ranging from small pebble to fist size.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="My first potato crop, washed and ready for cooking"][/caption]
Since my first crop isn't all that plentiful, I cooked them all together in the crock pot with a pork loin and some other veggies.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Crock pot dinner: pork loin, carrots, onions and potatoes"][/caption]
They were great!
In the next month, I'm going to work some compost into the veggie garden soil, so that the dirt is a little looser for next year. Next Spring, I'll be trying to get them in the ground as soon as the freezes are over - mid March - and keeping them watered so the plants stick around a little longer and the potatoes can get larger.
Maybe after one more successful crop of cheap seed potatoes, I'll order some different fun varieties to experiment with, like "All-Blue" or "Fingerlings."