Today was rather disappointing.
First, this morning we drove out to the county with the children and went blueberry picking. After reading so many posts on other blogs the past few weeks about the wonderful fun of blueberry picking, I admit I was looking forward to a lovely morning picking these tasty blue jewels with my cheerful children.
But alas, we arrived too late in the morning, and it was already very hot. All three of the children were complaining pretty much constantly that they were too hot and they wanted to go home. Jasper escaped us more than once. The worst time, we couldn't find him for about five minutes. The only reason we were reunited was because someone who was picking near us recognized him and brought him over. I think Jasper had gone looking for the car, where he knew there was water to drink.
After that he took off his shoes and socks and tried to stay in the shade. I knew the kids were hot, so I was trying to pick as fast as possible. Right when my bucket was just about full, Jasper dumped it out--on purpose! Already being hot and sweaty and slightly grumpy, I almost lost my cool right there...good thing my level-headed husband was there to keep me calm. ;)
We made it home eventually with about 20 lbs of blueberries, and they are delicious. Tonight I'll be making jam, and freezing most of the rest. So it's not like the day was a loss--but it just wasn't as much fun as I had hoped it would be!
Then this afternoon, we decided to try harvesting the potatoes that we have been growing in the backyard using the box method . Many of the plants' leaves turned brown a while ago, and we have reached the length of time specified on the box of seed potatoes, so we thought why not? Hashbrowns would be nice for supper tonight.
So Chris pulled off the screen and wooden slats off the box, and started digging through the dirt...and digging...and digging...
This is what he found.
Yep. That's it. Our entire 2010 potato harvest. To put this picture in perspective, those really little ones are about as big as my baby fingernail. So there isn't even close to enough here to make one single meal for us. One serving, maybe.
This is really a big disappointment. The box of seed potatoes alone cost $5, and we probably spent another $10 in soil and compost to fill the potato box. Just to get a small handful of potatoes! I'm not sure what we did wrong. The green part of the plants grew very fast and got really lanky--maybe the plants were putting all their energy into the above ground part instead of below ground, for some reason? I can't figure it.
Well, that's life. I guess its good that I'm making these mistakes now, rather than a few years down the road when we have a huge garden and I will have the opportunity to make mistakes on a huge scale.
In the meantime, we now have a large quanity of rich soil in that corner of the garden, so I think I will sow some green onion seeds since I still have some left, and the green onions we've been growing in the shade of the enormous potato plants are pathetic to say the least.