Another crop flourishing in my yard this spring is potatoes. I have 5 different varieties planted and each one is growing faster than the next. The Yukon Golds are organic potatoes that I bought from Ocean Air Farms at the farmers market last fall. I bought more than we could possibly eat and they started to get soft and sprout eyes. I cut them in quarters and tossed them in a trench I dug. I covered the potatoes with some straw then dirt mixed with compost. The straw is supposed to make digging them out easier – a trick I read somewhere. I was concerned about the dogs trampling—or worse, peeing—on my potatoes so we rigged up a little fence using bamboo sticks and string that seems to do the trick.
The birds ate my first ripe strawberries—the ones I watched turn from pink to nearly red to gone. The biggest one was only half eaten so I cut the salvageable part off and shared it with Rick. It was the sweetest strawberry! Rick went right out and bought bird netting and some PVC pipe to hold it across the raised bed to keep our feathered friends out. The bird feeders and bird bath are close by so hopefully the birds won’t mind too much. I love them dearly but I’m not sharing a single strawberry if I can help it.
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