You Can't Trust A Potato


| 7/3/2012 8:31:09 AM


Tags: growing potatoes, storing potatoes, horseradish, controlling potato beetles, King Harry Potatoes, S.M.R. Saia,

A photo of Shannon SaiaWhen my husband proposed to me he offered to let me choose a diamond. I turned it down. I mean, I’m not really a diamond kind of girl, and to spend that much money on something that I was probably just going to lose, or ruin while doing some kind of manual labor seemed, well, ridiculous.

Eighteen years later, I’m still not a diamond kind of girl, and I’ve never regretted that decision. We’re pretty low-key on all the traditional romance kind of stuff anyway. We like to go out to eat, but since becoming parents it’s a table for three, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. There are couples that go out of their way to have “date nights” when they can spend some time alone, just the two of them, and I totally appreciate and respect that. But honestly, I don’t want to date my husband. I mean, I don’t want to date at all. Dating is stressful. It implies a certain distance and formality between two people that needs to be maintained until the relationship becomes more intimate, more settled; until it becomes something that you can, well, take for granted.

Taking a person for granted is supposed to be a bad thing. And yet, if you can’t take your spouse for granted from time to time, then what’s the point of being married at all?

I approach my garden in pretty much the same way – the wanting the comfort of being able to occasionally take it for granted part, that is. But that’s where the similarity between me the wife and me the gardener comes to a screeching halt. In almost every area of my life I am both risk-averse and anti-drama. But in the garden I am a high-maintenance drama queen. But then again, so is my garden. Not for a moment does it ever let me take it for granted!

Witness me and the potato.

Potato and I got through our first year together without any real issues. I ordered my seed potatoes – Red Caribe and Russian Banana Fingerling – from “a reputable seed company”, which everything you ever read about potatoes tell you to do, so we were off to a great start. They were supposed to ship at the correct time for planting in my zone, so when they arrived, I trotted them right outside and, carefully following the directions that came with them, put them in the ground. I waited a few days and then…

nebraska dave
7/8/2012 7:33:04 PM

S.M.R., I do know about those potatoes. In Terra Nova Gardens, they have wooed the pumpkins to come on over and intertwine with each other. The pumpkins are very fickle because they are also intertwining with the watermelons and then reaching out for the corn stalks. How unfaithful can a pumpkin be. Well, I guess in their defense it is different plants for each. :0) Have a great potato day.





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