Kerry A. Thompson
Most of our potato plants are winding down their growing season, having been ravaged by a variety of pests. We've harvested another three pounds of Burbank Russet potatoes, making our yield about five pounds so far.
I had never actually seen a potato growing in the ground until yesterday. Getting my hands dirty digging for potatoes that were big enough to harvest was like looking for buried treasure. It was an exciting moment when I'd spy a round beige dome half-buried that was big enough to be pulled out. Five pounds of potatoes may be the same amount as one bag you buy at the grocery store. But these potatoes grew from seed potatoes that we planted ourselves and watched grow, so we won't be calling this experience "small potatoes"!
Although garden abundance sometimes turns into the cold summer soup, gazpacho, Tom turned our garden gifts into a despacho tonight instead.
Tom could feel the life energy of the recently picked vegetables emanating strongly. How lucky we are to be able to grow some of our own food!
Our organic, non-GMO seeds came from High Mowing Seeds. If you're interested in the details, these are the varieties we planted:
Since last summer, Tom's been busy setting up a rainbarrel, composter, and garden system at our new house. We started with new gutters and then added the rain barrels last fall. Tom built the garden beds over the winter. The last piece assembled was the composter, to which we add kitchen and yard waste and have nutritious compost to add to the gardens.
We've just posted our first video and it describes the details of our "Rain-to-Roots Story." You can find it here, on our Sustainable Green Life channel on YouTube.
With our two 50-gallon rain barrels that remain mostly full at all times, we haven't ever come close to needing to use town water for watering our gardens. The four watering cans fill with overflow from the rain barrels with each storm and we use them for daily watering of the garden. If we need more water, we use the diverter hose to fill the watering cans again, so we always have an excess of rainwater at our ready.
Tom and Kerry
We're two people trying to do our best to bring about the change we want to see in the world.