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Yeah, I know, littergitter would tell me I should have left them in the ground longer, Right LG?

I won't give you any tips on growing spuds, they're easy as pie. And I should have left them growing in the container til the plants bloomed. But, I have so many things to water, I just get tired sometimes. I will tell you I started them from sprouting taters I got from the grocery store.

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Anyway, they will taste just as good, and being small, I'll just boil them whole without even peeling them. A little salt and pepper, a little butter, and a big hoe cake of cornbread.

Are you listening, LG? There's a pan of well water on the back porch and a cake of Octagon soap. Wash up like a nice little girl for you come to the table, now.

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June 12, 20180 found this helpful

Yum. Potatoes are one of my favourite homegrown items. I'm having a hard time getting my homegrown tomatoes to taste super good. They're better than store-bought but still blah. Any tips?

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June 12, 20180 found this helpful

Maybe they aren't ripe enough yet. I'll be interested to see what people say to improve them.

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June 12, 20180 found this helpful

Many things could be going on here. My guess is it's your beautifully mild weather. I don't know how hot your area will get, later on, but the hotter, the better.

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So, there's hope yet. Tomatoes are best when grown in extreme heat. If nothing else, you could cover a craft board with foil and direct the sun's reflection onto the plant(s).

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June 12, 20180 found this helpful

I'm not that impatient to bite it when it's not ripe ;) Good idea with the foil reflecting heat. I asked my mum this Q today, as well, and she said I need better compost added to a good soil, and perhaps I overwater them. (Probably true. I'm such a giver.) She says that makes them taste watery. I'll make some adjustments!

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June 12, 20180 found this helpful

Doug, those tatos do look good. The little ones with the skins are the best. I'll have to do a little digging and see what I can find in our potato row. I really don't know when they are ready to dig. I have heard that it's when the vine starts dying out. I'm hoping to get some nice ones this year and freeze more that I did last year.

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June 16, 20180 found this helpful

I dug a few potatoes for dinner tonight. I would not have thought to dig for them this early if I had not seen your tip. Thank you.

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June 20, 20180 found this helpful

They look good!

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June 13, 20180 found this helpful

I did boil a pot of these potatoes as you can see in the picture. The skins were thinner than onion skin. It scraped off so easily with a small paring knife. It took less than 20 minutes to cook them.

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These are probably the best potatoes I've ever tasted, much better than white. I creamed a few of them. Smooth and delicious.

This is a case where it all was well worth it. I had a large ice chest already filled with rich organic soil. In late February, when I saw the potatoes were sprouting, I cut up a few into hunks with 3-4 sprouts on each.

I planted the pieces in the chest, almost sure they would freeze, then rot. Well, they didn't freeze or rot. They grew into what is pictured. Almost no effort for a nice small harvest.

I plan to grow more next year than I did this year, assuming the grocer will have the potatoes, again. And assuming the potatoes will not have been treated so they wont sprout.

Gardening requires a lot of assuming and a bit of faith; and in this case, very little effort. Instead of dropping the sprouting spuds into the garbage, I dropped then into the ice chest. What could have been easier?

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