Dan Quayle Got a Bad Deal

Do you remember when Dan Quayle caused the downfall of his political career by misspelling potato?

Do you know that he was actually working off of a flashcard prepared by a teacher? I’m not defending him, I’m just saying he wasn’t the only dummy in the room that day. So I ponder now, if two idiots make the same mistake, do they cancel each other out?

Now that Dan Quayle has taken the heat off of me, let me tell you about my tater drama. The Weather Channel and Weather Underground agree that it will be less than rainy for 10 days, so I have decided to prepare my taters for planting. I bought them a few weeks ago and have been keeping them in the pantry, which I thought would be a nice cool, dark spot for them to rest. Apparently, I misunderestimated (that’s a George W. Bush word) the climate in the pantry. When I opened up the tater bags I found this:

My spuds are sprouting. Their little tendrils of roots are snaking though the mesh bags. It’s like a scene from horror film. Invasion of the Tater Snatchers!

Here’s a lovely shot of my All-Blues:

It came from the fields. AAAAHHHHHHHHGGGGGGGG!

My Red Thumbs:

Just when you thought you were safe on the farm….AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHGGGGG!

My La Ratte’s:

Now, here’s my Dan Quayle moment: This is not the first time this has happened to me. Last year, the exact same thing happened. I put the taters on top of the fridge, where it is not cool and dark, and I forgot them. They lived there for months.By the time I remembered them, they were already a living, breathing life form. AAAAAAHHHHHHHGGGGGG!

OK, enough of the B-rate dramatics. In all reality, there’s no permanent damage to the spuds and it’s highly unlikely they are going to take over the house or eat the children. Quite the opposite actually; the colored taters encourage kids to eat them. Those kids loved the pink mashed potatoes last year and the pink potato pancakes that followed. In fact, I think I’ve said it before, there’s nothing the kids don’t like about growing potatoes. They are kind of a mystery. You cut up a potato, shove it in the ground. Don’t forget to water (this is a very important lesson for kids growing plants, I wish someone would have taught this to me earlier.) One day we have waist-high plants with flowers then next thing you know, we’re ripping up whole plants and like magic, the dirt is full of potatoes. If we want to have some extra fun, we can monitor the growth of our spuds by sticking our hands down into the soft dirt and feeling for spuds. Dirt and food are two of the kids favorite things. Wine and food are my two favorite things. I digress.

So what do I do for my potatoes in my garden? I give them lots of compost. They are nutrient sucks. I also watch the water so I don’t rot them. I have issues monitoring my water. I use too much or too little. I admit it because admitting it is the first step to recovery. I also don’t use soil that’s had previous issues. I haven’t had potato disease issues but that’s only because  But you don’t need me to tell you how to grow potatoes. There’s an entire internet of information out there.

This info is a bit technical but still OK for the everyday gardener. (It’s also where I got my seed potatoes.)

The Mother Earth News article. They never cease to be relevant. I love Mother.

And if you don’t have enough ground, try Love Apple Farm’s instructions for growing potatoes in pots.

Now go forth and get your french fry on. You won’t regret it. Actually, you’ll thank me. Make sure to thank me in comments so the whole world can know how Redemption Organics changed your world.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Suzie Q D. on April 22, 2011 at 09:30

    Yeah! This is so cool, M…I was just trying to figure out what to try planting my first potatoes in since it’s been too wet and rainy up here to work on building my garden (I have gumbo-mud clay soil, so I’m putting gravel down on a flat & sunny spot near a water spigot and building raised beds, but apparently not for a few more weeks!). I have tons of old flower containers, maybe not 15 gallon, but I’m going to try this.
    BTW, those seeds I planted a few weeks ago are now about 6 inches tall – yeah!
    Q

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    • Posted by aztechalo on May 2, 2011 at 22:57

      It sounds like you have mastered the art of starting your seeds at the right time! You can probably grow taters year round in containers if you bring them in. Just think, tasty home grown taters at the holiday table. You should be fine to plant anything on those raised beds as long as they are two feet and they will look nice, to boot. Smaller plants like lettuce will be OK on one foot raised beds but bigger, bolder, more delicious fare like tomatoes want two feet of leg room.

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