Monday, July 27, 2009

Do You Remember?

As a child I remember my mother setting aside a tiny plot of dirt at the end of our little single wide mobile home for my siblings and I to grow some potatoes. She and our neighbor lady shared a huge garden plot and worked daily in it during the summer. This is when we lived in Durkee and our mobile homes were but just a board walk apart.

The farmer planted some potatoes early this spring as an experiment. We usually plant at the regular time in late spring but he wanted to see if they would grow if he planted very early, like when there was still frost occasionally.



One potato, two potato. They did indeed grow and actually were ready quite a bit earlier than in the past summers.



Our granddaughters, Emma and Lucy, were on the potato digging crew. Well maybe they were the entire crew.



Part of the many potatoes they dug up.



Lucy was a bit persnickety about all the dirt she encountered but still loved that huge potato.


But Emma? She didn't care about any old dirt. Have you ever seen such pure glee?

Do you remember digging for potatoes?

16 comments:

Flea said...

I've never dug for potatoes, but it looks like fun. The girls are just darling!

Miss Riya said...

The girls are darling....I just want to pinch their cheeks!
I have never dug for potatoes either, but I'm am determined to try next year.

noble pig said...

They look absolutely ecstatic. I have never grown taters, I want too though!

Carolynn said...

Wow, that's a great haul! I should have been born Irish. I love potatoes.

I was never on the potato picking crew, even though my Mom planted them. I think she was afraid we'd damage them with the shovel blade.

We had raspberry bushes in the back garden though and my brother & I were on that crew. I swear to God, neither one of us can face a raspberry to this day.

Leenie said...

From someone who has seen A LOT of potatoes those are mighty fine spuds and very superb young ladies. Hello from Idaho!!

Country Girl said...

We never grew potatoes! What fun it looks, though.

Gayle said...

I do remember digging for potatoes. I loved every bit of gardening because I was growing something my dad would eat, and I loved him so much. The same feeling I am trying to give to my own children.

Jill said...

Those pictures of Emmy just crack me up! What a goof ball!!! I love how persnickety the Goose is about getting her hands dirty!!!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Oh, yeah, I have dug many taters.
I planted them once here on the farm. This ground is so hard.....when I went to dig them up, I dug for an hour and a half and didn't get enough to cover the bottom of the bucket.
That was the last time I planted taters.

CeeCee said...

I remember our garden very well, but we never had potatoes.
The only thing I didn't like was that fact that I was the person who always got to "turn the soil" every spring. I felt like a hired hand w/o pay. :)

Putz said...

i'll say i remembwer digging for potatoes....barefoot with that nice black all over my feet...one year had to get stiches in one foot....no that is a lie, i had a neighbor parmedic put a butterfly bandage on it dirt and all....irrigating barefooted in a potatoe patch at 3 am in the morning....potatoes twice that big...do you know why the potatoes in idaho are so mall this year egghead???????we went to jackson hole via idaho falls and the plants seemed so small to me or can't they sell a potatyo4e tjhat gets toooo big????????

Tipper said...

Very nice potatoes-and very beautiful girls!

Joyce said...

Yes, I remember as a child and as a wife. In our are we have big potato farms so I can just get them off the conver belt.

Love and Hugs,
Joyce from Creation In Progress

Miss Riya said...

Just wanted to let you know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers tomorrow. It's not much of a consolation, but maybe this is....You are in God's thoughts always.
Blessings,
~ME

Paula said...

These pictures are so fun, and I bet those potatoes are tasting awesome! Yes, I remember digging for potatoes. My dad was quite the gardener and we always had a large garden with plots marked off for each of us kids to plant whatever we wanted. So fun and such a reward to dig in and find those spuds waiting.

manker said...

great harvest and a great spirit that comes thru... *sigh* when did we lose that ? :) thanx for the reminder that we can always rekindle that childlike spirit...

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