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“Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes.”
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), American novelist

As promised, an update from Kenny for the Potato Experiment!:

Arizona: BAKED Potatoes!!!


“They are growing quite well in my raised beds. As a matter of fact they are about 2 feet tall now. I’ve added more dirt to the bed twice, so it is full to the brim!

Build up the soil around the stems as they grow


I noticed today that they are also starting to get blooms which means that potatoes are forming underground. Once the flowers die off I’ll be tempted to dig up some fingerling potatoes just to see how they taste!

Potato Blooms


I also noticed today that I have some inch worms inching their way among the potato leaves so I picked off what I could find and then mixed up a batch of Castile soap bug spray to help get rid of any I missed. The Castile soap bug spray is really easy to make, here’s the ‘recipe’: in a clean two liter bottle add 1 Tbsp of vegetable oil, 2 Tbsps of Castile peppermint oil or Eucalyptus oil soap ( I use Dr. Bronner’s brand because it is certified organic and a USA owned company). Shake the bottle well then pour into a clean spray bottle. Spray tops and bottoms of leaves, making sure all surfaces are completely soaked. I’ll do that every couple of days for a week then check for critters. If I don’t find any then I’ll just spray once a week to help keep things at bay. If it rains, which is not a problem here in the Arizona desert, then you have to apply again.

Inch Worm: cute and hungry

Nothing like home made “camping potatoes” as I call them: potatoes fried up in a cast iron skillet with some butter, onions, garlic, salt & pepper with some Parmesan cheese cooked till everything is a golden brown! YUM!”

Thanks for the update Kenny! The plants look healthy and I can’t wait for you to dig them up! I’m not going to talk about my potatoes since they aren’t blooming yet and Kenny’s are the star of the show today! I am, however, in the mood to go camping now, as long as Kenny will get up early to fry the potatoes. 🙂

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Thyme blossom


Well, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m still cleaning up the multitude of messes caused by the month we know as “April 2010”. There is no way I will ever remember exactly all that happened, but I think I accomplished a hellofaLOT! There was almost too much of everything; severe weather extremes, paperwork, taxes, people, ringing of the doorbell, firings and hirings, math tests, fights, love, heavy sighs and cursing, joy and despair. At least the moon is finally waning, which makes the clean up easier, and I got to spend some time with my family in between all the other crap.

The garden took a backseat. It had to for the sake of everything else but, if your garden cannot survive a little neglect when times are busy, it isn’t the right garden for you. It won’t be until next week that I can get out there again and put things back in order, or have time to write anything properly here. In the meantime, here are some photos I took of April’s activity in the garden (and Happy Friday!):

Hollyhocks are blooming


Happy Roses



Apple blossoms


Potato plants


Evening Primrose

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