Potatoes for Tea!! This week it was time to start harvesting our potatoes after a rather odd start to our gardening year. Earlier in the year we planted some seed potatoes in our large planter http://wp.me/p3frBP-cq and since then the weather has been not so friendly towards potato growing!
Finally after many days of watering and trying not to fuss the plant we got some plant growth. Now I was hoping to harvest two crops from the planter but it was apparent that we would be lucky to harvest one crop.
Maybe next year we will try planting two crops together that help each other. In the meantime Peakles was very excited about digging up the pants and seeing if we had any potatoes.
We got our garden spade and began to loosed the soil from around the plants. Very carefully we moved the plants out-of-the-way and dug around the roots……..and found a potato!!
We soon found that using our hands to get the potatoes was easier than using the spade. It meant that the potatoes didn’t get damaged and there is something wonderful about getting covered in earth for a reason! Messy sensory play at its best!
Before we were all joining in looking for potatoes – big ones, little ones and tiny ones too!
Then Peakles made a breakthrough in the way she views food and where it comes from – ‘Look they come from the roots Mummy!’ I was so proud of Peakles I gave her a hug. Yes potatoes come from the roots, they do not grow on trees and they don’t just come from the supermarket!
Soon we had ebnough potatoes to cook for our evening meal. Peakles was fascinated by what we did next as we washed, peeled and cut them into chunks!
Finally Peakles sat down to her dinner of fish, potatoes and peas. She said they were the best potatoes she had ever eaten and asked if we can plant some more vegetables for next year.
Watch out for our winter and spring gardening posts early next year – plus we will be looking at how to combine crops together and how to grow organic foods too!