Sunday, July 17, 2011
Garlic and Potatoes
I decided to dig up my potatoes this morning. I only had five plants break ground this year - all Yukon Gold. Most of my mail order certified seed potatoes started oozing liquid from their skins and rotted before they even made it into the garden (a result of some disease or invisible pest I suspect). Not a single purple potato from the 3 pounds I purchased. I'm inclined to request a refund from the mail order company but part of me doesn't think it's worth the aggravation. I don't think I'll buy seed potatoes online anymore as I'm sure the ones at our local feed store are just as good (and cheaper)
I pulled a few of our German Extra Hardy garlic and the results were rather inconsistent. I had two monster ones and another two that were rather disappointing. I think I'll wait another week before pulling the rest as the leaves still very green. Seed Saves Exchange recommends pulling garlic when you have five green leaves remaining on each plant.