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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Diggin' for Gold

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Today was all about our poor neglected garden.  Full of weeds and tomatoes that think it's Spring again because of all this nice weather.  The bees have been visiting the tomato flowers and they're heavy with green tomatoes.  In late October!  I couldn't bring myself to rip them out just yet.  Maybe this weather will hold and they'll ripen.  We did manage to find 2 that were ready.
Our baby Yukons in May

But the real star of the show was the Yukon Gold potatoes.  Time to dig those bad boys up and see if we have redeemed ourselves as potato farmers.  It seemed like a great year for potatoes.  The plants were tall and green.  I didn't see even one potato bug this year, but the grasshoppers were thick as thieves in late summer after the potatoes were pretty much done flowering.  The leaves looked like swiss cheese when they were done. 

So then I hurt my back and we were busy with the solar project and the garden went on the back burner.  In fact, we only planted tomatoes and potatoes this year because we were so busy. 

Now the question was how to dig potatoes with a bad back?  The answer is sitting in a chair.  Actually, it was team effort with J. popping them up with a potato fork and me raking them out and throwing them in a bucket.  Since I can't bend over and pick them up, I was using one of those reach-y tools to grab them.  Hahahaha...yes, it was quite a sight. 

When all was said and done, we ended up with a 5-gallon bucket full from two 10' rows.  Not bad, I guess.  The pic below may be missing a few of them as they ended up as mashed potatoes. 

If you've never had Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, you haven't had mashed potatoes.  They're so smooth and buttery all by themselves that you don't have to add anything to them.  Absolutely delish!


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