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In the garden… potato, garlic and onion harvest

When we began digging the potatoes the neighbor’s cows began to come to the fence and watch us.
They are so funny. I’m sure they think the same thing about us.
Notice those things hanging in the sky in the picture above. Those are clouds and rumor has it that they hold rain. Rain is this amazing water that falls from the sky, bringing life to the parched earth. Oh, you’ve heard of it? Even experienced it? Lucky you!

We are supposed to experience it tonight and tomorrow. We’ll see. The last 2 times it has rained here, it poured in town and not a drop at our place. We’ve only had about 3″ of rain since the beginning of February.

I had planned on harvesting the rest of our onions, garlic and our potatoes on Saturday. But with the prospect of rain we decided to go ahead and harvest them now. Even though we really have many other things to be doing, like making salsa, washing clothes, mopping floors. But, hey, no sense in taking chances.

Never knew digging potatoes could be so much fun!

We found 5 toads living in with our potatoes. The ground was amazingly moist. 
We planted a 10 pound bag of potatoes from the grocery store that were growing by the
time we got around to them. We harvested 30 pounds of potatoes.
Next year we’ll use seed potatoes.

Gabriel with his prized garlic.

We pulled 53 more onions today. There’s no picture because the batteries died in my camera. (Actually, it’s my sister’s camera since apparently my issues with my camera are not user error.)  I don’t think we will have any for storage. It looks like they will all be used for salsa and spaghetti sauce.

For a look at what others are growing check out  Around the Farm, Tuesday Garden Party and Frugal Gardening 101.

Thanks for sharing with your friends!

Rachel E.

Wednesday 22nd of June 2011

That's a big garlic head! I do hope you got your rain or that you will soon. I know what it is like to not have rain. The deserts of Arizona and southern CA are so discouraging.

I enjoy watching your garden grow. Your potatoes look yummy...well, I can visualize them baked with broccoli and cheese.