Sunday, February 13, 2011

You say po-tay-toe, I say po-tuh-toe

From one of my last year's Farmer's Market visits, we had some leftover potatoes, purple skin-purle flesh ones, which had started developping some eyes.

After developping eyes, the concentration of glycoalkaloid can have toxic effects in humans, so we didn't use them for food but I didn't want to toss them when we still lived in the apartment because I was hopefull to be able to plant and grow them once we moved to our property.

Potatoes don't grow from seed. They grow from eyes of potatoes, which is why some people don't throw potatoe peels into a worm bin. The potatoe will start growing.

To plant these nightshades, they need to have developped a couple of nice eyes. Then simply cut them in a way that each piece has at least one good eye.

Potatoes like sandy soil that is easy to work. Since I didn't have too many potatoes, I decided to grow them in a large container.

We mixed sand with soil and put these guys in.

Let's see what happens to grow . . .

"Nature never says one thing and wisdom another." Decimus Junius Juvenalis


  1. We call our cat (kitten) Pooh Poopie Dewie

  2. ;-) Naming animals I found, (at least) we tend to chose a name that matches their personality. We named one of the ducklings 'Nassi' because even though their are supposedly land ducks, she is ALWAYS in the water, hence her little feathered tummy is wet. And 'nass' means wet in German.