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Early in the Spring, Mason planted a bed of potatoes in our church’s community garden. The crops harvested there are donated to two food banks, and to a local senior center.
This is Mason planting the seed potatoes early in the Spring.
And, this is Mason next to his bed the morning of the harvest.
As you can see, he has QUITE the green thumb!! His potato bed in our home garden is huge, too! 🙂
We woke up at 5:30 on Tuesday morning, packed up our supplies and the dogs, and arrived at the church just before 7:00. We are VERY keen on harvesting the 4′ x 8′ bed as quickly as possible that morning – before the heat of the day set in.
We first cut off the tops of the tater plants:
We then all pulled up our lawn chairs, and started digging through the soil. It was a HOOT! Like a really dirty Easter egg hunt. 😉
We would then pull up each plant, which would reveal even more taters.
At the end, we gently used a shoved and a potato hoe to get any we’d missed.
As a hint of the poundage, here are pictures of the harvest.
We left them to cure in the church kitchen for 2 1/2 days and we went back there this afternoon to box them up. The food banks and senior center are picking those up tomorrow. There are 25 beds in the community garden and we have bags and boxes of goodies for pick-up every Friday. In the fridge right now are okra, beets, a HUGE bag of zucchini (one of them is over a foot long!), and 9 lbs. of carrots. And, sitting in a box next to the potatoes is a box with dozens and dozens of cherry tomatoes in it.
And, next Thursday, we’ll go back, harvest what’s ready then, wash, weigh, store, etc. It has been such a fun project and we love being a part of it!!
Today, we reseeded the collard and potato beds with more okra and with bush beans. The youth group will be taking care of those two beds and I know the kids will have a LOT of fun with that. 🙂
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