Busy Harvest Weekend

Today has been very busy day - I had to do something with all these tomatoes that we've been getting. We've given many away but there's just way too much to keep up. Thankfully I think we reached the high this week so after this wave it should slow down. We'll have plenty for salads and such but nothing like it's been for past few weeks. Today I chopped, chopped and chopped some more tomatoes, onions, bell peppers . In the picture below you can see large mixing bowl where I dumped them after chopping and at that point it was just over 5 lbs cut up. And whole lot more left to go. I had to stop in mid-day because my hands have been very swollen so it's hard to handle knife or do much by myself. But we mixed home made salsa with onions and bell pepper, cilantro and hot peppers and canned it for winter. I'm not a very big salsa fan but once in a while it's nice to have around. We'll probably make more tomorrow as I have about 7 lbs mor of chopped tomatoes sitting in the fridge and more whole ones waiting to be taken care of at some point. I asked my honey to call his dad and see if he'll take some or maybe his brother and SIL, but his dad said he had plenty of his own and we couldn't get through to his brother so I'm stuck with this load for now. Maybe I'll just toss them into food processor and make more sauce or marinara or something.

Closer to the evening I had to take a break from the kitchen and went playing in the garden instead. Boy is it overgrown! Definitely need a good day to clean it all up. But I did pick out all potato experiments from both enclosed garden and open area. As you can see I have more fingerling's on the right side, Red Bliss in the middle - that was only 2 bushes that came out, and Yukon Gold on the left. There are some small red onions on the bottom of the picture.

Fingerling's were in the enclosed area and even though it was only about 2 square feet area it produced allot of results. Too bad I don't like the taste of them. I won't be planting them again next year. I do like Yukon but unfortunately that's the ones that got the most damage from groundhog and deer. I found many "leftovers" but not whole lot was left for me to pick. I will definitely plant more of them next year and this time in the enclosed garden. They are delicious! Well at least that's enough for two of us to eat for next few weeks. I wish my onions were bigger but they got trampled by deer who were trying to reach potatoes so didn't get to grow well. I will be planting more of them next year as well as some white sweet type.


  1. How much space do the potatoes take up? I would love to plant them but right now I can only plant in containers but hopefully next year I'll have a yard and would love to know.

  2. Tiffany - you can grow potatoes in containers as well! Actually they do very well in large containers like you'd use for trees. And if you have them inside then you can do it year round. Place about 4-6" of dirt on the bottom, place a potatoe inside and cover it with more dirt so it's not exposed but not too much. It should takea bout 1/3 of your pot overall. Water it and wait until it grows about 6" of greens and add more dirt around leaving about 2" to stick out. Keep doing that until it fills up the bucket. Because potatoes are actually forming from the step by covering up stem (tilling) you're encouraging them to grow. So technically you can have a lot more potatos from one pot comparing to the same plant in the garden. In the garden they do like to spread out and require frequent tilling if you want good results. But you can also plant fingerlings that don't require alot of space but are very prolific and will give you lots of little potatoes. Hope this helps and good luck with your experiment next year!