Friday, October 8, 2010

Pulling Potatoes After a Hard Freeze

It got down to about 26 degrees F here last night. Previously, it had just nipped below freezing briefly for a few hours, but last night it was under 32 degrees for about 10 or more hours. It killed the potato plants. So I dug up most of those remaining in the ground. Above are the products of a four-foor high potato pile. I'd hoped to get about 100 pounds out of it, but it ended up to be more like 60 to 65 pounds.

Tomorrow, I'll pull the other potato pile:
Here's the spearmint plants. I hope to gather what's left that might be considered choice tomorrow, for one more huge beet carpaccio salad:


Anonymous said...

mmmm... beet dish sounds great!
just finished eating last of my own beets in something very similar-
substitute feta for the goat cheese,trade tiny bit of spicy mustard for the mint...
Thank you for sharing your garden from start to finish!

Philip Munger said...


you're welcome. what an interesting growing year.

Anonymous said...

Good lookin' spuds.

Here's my grandmother's easy, tasty recipe:
Cut up cooked potatoes, cooked beets, apples, some chopped raw onion, and some chopped dill pickles. Put everything in a bowl, toss, and serve as a salad. You can fancy it up by putting a dollop of whipped cream on top of each serving (colored red with beet juice).

You're welcome.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you had a summer much more like our Southeast norm there in the valley while we had long spells of warm and dry weather.
I had some things get a foot or so taller than our norm and some cool weather things which didn't do as well as they usually do..
It was an unusual growing season for sure!

Anonymous said...

We had more rain that normal and thus unless it like REALLY cool and wet, like peas...lousy summer for most.
The recipe sounds great...
Thanks for the end of season ideas.