Sunday, August 12, 2012

Aug 3-5th 2012

Garden News and Summer Storm


Well the deer are winning the war in my garden, but the one thing they don't eat is corn... I have so much corn and I just love it! Also, I dug up the volunteer potato plant and wanted to show you what that looked like. I let it go too long and should have dug it up sooner. It was quite a surprise - the plant stretched out about 5 feet through the corn patch. Here is the series of photos...
Before digging - you can see the plant fading.

Starting to dig - on top is the layers of paper and cardboard disintegrating.

The potatoes look good so far - but there is a surprise in how nice the dirt is looking!

They are huge! I got 5 huge potatoes but one was eaten by a gopher.

This is a monster potato as you can see by how it fits in my hand.
I haven't eaten them yet, because my Sunset garden book said to let them cure for 10-14 days. One thing that really excited me was the quality of the dirt under the lasagna layers.. it was crumbly and had worms in it! You have to remember this dirt was a disaster which is why I built it up with these layers. 
Also while I was up there we got some strange monsoonal clouds from the south pushing up towards us. It did cool down a bit to 93 degrees, but the humidity was intense, and it even sprinkled and thundered. I put together all the pictures of the clouds into a "montage" for you... just playing around with something other than still photos.
I have ordered a new camera because mine got soaked in carpet cleaning fluid (don't ask!) and the warranty ran out 6 months ago. It is the same model but higher pixels and it is the same price... so hopefully this will last longer than 2 1/2 years.

Julie