Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Spuds go in!

Planting 3/4 of an acre of potatoes is a job for lots of hands!
 First, we cut up all the seed potatoes....
 Then we lay them out to dry a bit...
Then we bring them out to our far field across the street...
 And drop them into trenches 400 feet long!  Boy, is that a long row.  When you're carrying a bucket of potatoes.
 As dark rain clouds threatened on the horizon, we just barely got the last of them dropped in!  It was almost too dark to see anything, as I plowed along in high gear on the tractor, throwing dirt back over the potatoes, burying them just enough.  We had a crew of all-star helpers who stayed until 8:30pm, our interns Mike & Jon working their first 11-hour farm day!  Troopers, I knew it.
And it rained nicely overnight.  Wake up, little spuds, it's time to start growing!

2 comments:

colleen marie said...

WOW! That back field looks great! I hope your interns aren't too sore- soon they will have some strong farming muscles! I miss you Erin & Mud Creek Farm!

heavy hedonist said...

I had no idea it was so much work-- I've grown potatoes myself, but just in a small garden, using the eyes.

May your crop be bountiful!