By the Barrowload

this was about 2/3 the total

I took advantage of yesterday’s indian summer (which now seems to have vanished up here and been replaced with grey drizzly weather. *sigh*. I can get that in a REAL summer) to harvest my maincrop potatoes.

Digging them up was backbreaking enough, but the real work comes once they’re up and have had their hour or two in the sun (hence the timing) to dry off. They all then have to be sorted into those that will keep and those that need to be eaten up quickly because they’ve been nibbled on or had a fork stuck through them. The perfect ones will hopefully see us through most of the winter, if we can keep them away from the frost and the mice…

Speaking of mice, and the cats who love them, someone else had a better use for the barrow while I went in for lunch, and who can blame her. Get your vitamin D in while stocks last


She was seriously unimpressed when I suggested she might move to make room for more tatties though


The next step? Dig the beds over again and find all the potatoes I missed. There’s always some – and then you dig them over again and there’s some more.

7 Responses to By the Barrowload

  1. Flighty says:

    I dug mine up round the pot marigolds which are now finished so I’m having another dig and finding lots more!
    Love the cat! xx

  2. steph says:

    Cat sunbathing in a wheelbarrow! Too cute. 🙂

  3. Ragged Thread Cartographer says:

    That paw over the edge of the barrow is soooo appealing. “You really don’t want to move me, now you think about it, do you!”

  4. emma c says:

    They look fabulous, well done. Don’t you think, the pale skinned ones are easier to find in the earth than the purplies? I have to add ‘dog-chewed’ to my list of ‘ones to eat quickly’.. Is the cat guarding the tatties against mice? Your haul is inspiring me for next year..

  5. Andy in Germany says:

    I wondered about getting wheelbarrow but in our garden we’d probably spend ages just looking for a flat enough place to park the thing…

  6. disgruntled says:

    The cat always seems to get the most comments – maybe she should start her own blog …

  7. […] think the first lesson is that I planted WAY too many potatoes this year. When I’d harvested the maincrops, I sorted out the damaged ones to eat […]

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