Potato Digging

| 6/28/2012 9:44:26 AM

digging potatoes 

Sometime in June and before the first
week in July it is time to dig potatoes in the Ozarks. By this time
of year the days are hot, so making an early morning chore of the
digging is a pretty good idea.  It's a lot more fun and the work goes
quicker if the whole family pitches in to help and have fun finding
all the hidden treasures!

 digging potatoes girls 

When I was growing up I helped plant
and dig up potatoes in this very garden.  We grow a whole lot less
potatoes then we did then, though, because my family doesn't eat near
the amount of potatoes and most of what we grow we sell at our local
farmers market.  We would grow up to 13, 125 foot, rows of potatoes
when I was young, but now we grow no more than 6 rows.  It actually
takes longer to sort and prepare to store the potatoes than it does
to dig them up.  

 digging potatoes pile 

Even though some potatoes are dug up by
hand to enjoy as new potatoes earlier in the season, when we  harvest
whole rows I use the tractor with a turn-plow attachment to make the
job a little easier.  I like to flip the dirt up from underneath the
entire plant so that the potatoes will be exposed and ready to gather
in buckets.  After each row is flipped up and picked over, I usually
take the turn-plow over it once again to make sure there haven't been
any that I missed or if the row wasn't quite straight or I didn't
travel down it quite straight.  Then, at the very last, I take the
digger and pull it down the row and find a few more yummy spuds
trying to pass of for stones.

7/4/2016 9:09:24 AM

Recipe does specify what measurement of oil. Do you mean 1/4 cup?

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