In May 2011, after four years of life on McNutt's Island, we moved to Montreal. This blog remains, though, as a (sort of) daily record of our time on the island, and a winding path for anyone who would like to meander about among its magical places. For additional perspectives and insights I recommend Greg's book, Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia (2010), and my Bowl of Light (2012). I'll continue to post once in a while. If you do want to read this blog, one option would be to begin at the beginning of it (which is, as we all know, in blog-world, at the end), and read forward, concluding with the most recent entry. It's a journal, really, so it does makes more sense if you read it that way. But, you know, read it any way you like.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Planting lazy potato beds

It's my second year for planting lazy potato beds.Greg picked up five varieties of seed potatoes at Uncle Sid's, which is near Shelburne.
He got Eramosa, Superior, Yukon Gold, Kennebec, and Red Pontiac.
After they sprouted I cut them up and planted them in the fish bait boxes, which are called fish pans by the people who really use them for their intended purpose, which would be --fish bait.

The potatoes are planted in a little dirt and a lot of seaweed. I think I am only beginning to appreciate the many uses of seaweed.


Janet said...

New potatoes ae one of the joys of rural life. Yukon Gold is just delicious and I'm developing more of a taste for superior as well.
Have discovered a new recipe for potato scallop using superiors that shows up on my supper table about once a week.
Only deterrent to growing them right here is that potatoes are grown commercially nearby and potato beetles are a serious pest.

Piecefulafternoon said...

What a great way to grow potatoes. One year I grew them in bales of straw - that was fun and we got lots of potatoes.

Real Live Preacher said...

I don't comment often, but I come by all the time to read about your life.