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Thursday, December 23, 2010

You say potato, I say potato

When we planted the potatoes in October we planted a bag of Dutch Cream seed potatoes (which we got from the farmers market for $2) and a couple of strays from the cupboard.  We thought the strays were also Dutch Creams - but the flowers beg to differ...

The sprouting strays from the cupboard.

The Dutch Cream seed potatoes.

We love the delicate pale lilac colour of these flowers, and I now understand why Europeans first grew potatoes as ornamentals. 

From everything I have read about potatoes when the flowers bloom the first potatoes are ready, so we are going to try bandicooting this weekend.  Very tentative bandicooting!  We haven't done it before (this being the first year we have grown potatoes in the ground), so we'll see what happens.  Hopefully we'll have some tasty new potatoes to eat on Boxing Day.

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