When the seed catalogs start to arrive, I have to admit, sometimes I want to try my hand at growing something just because it’s unique or unusual.
The MR has other ideas about such things. When I asked him if we should plant Baby Doll watermelon and went on to describe this small, super-sweet, yellow-fleshed fruit, he just looked at me like I was crazy and said no. Since he’s in charge of the lawn, pruning, leaf blowing, rototilling and other manly pursuits, sometimes I go my own way when it comes to the vegetable garden.
I should have listened to my guy when I planted the red, yellow, and orange carrots. Those red ones had as much flavor as cardboard. They did look really fun in a salad though. One time my adventurous nature paid off was when I planted purple potatoes. Unlike purple beans (my favorite are violet-podded stringless pole beans), purple potatoes stay purple when you cook them.
And who wouldn’t want to eat a fantasy meal of shepherd’s pie with purple potatoes or lovely purple mashed potatoes? You feel like you’re in a magical world.
I’m excited, because I’ve been holding out on you guys. We’ve been in Maui for the last 9 days. So I’ve been writing posts to the sound of the waves crashing in.
The MR always errs on the side of caution and tells me not to mention vacations on the internet until they’re over. In all honesty, it does seem like a bad idea to shout to the world that we’re on vacation.
Anyways, before we left, I placed an order with Territorial Seed Company for two pounds of All Blue organic seed potatoes. While the description says blue, they look purple to me.
We have been hoping to get the garden beds dug up by the tennis courts, but the MR’s friend ended up sick and unable to come over with his backhoe.
It doesn’t really matter where the potatoes are concerned. I’m planning to plant them in the large red grow bags I purchased a few years back from Gardener’s Supply Company.
Let’s hope my potatoes are waiting for me when I get home. I love soaking up that Hawaiian sunshine, but I always come home to find my gardening plans all behind and my house in need of some TLC.
How is your garden growing? Did you plant anything new this year? Did you travel somewhere fun for spring break?