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Onions, Potatos and Daikons. Oh My!

While it’s easy to see what’s growing above ground, it’s a bit of mystery on what’s growing under the ground, so we get a little curious and start to peek.
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Daikon radish bloom
We knew the daikons weren’t going to do well for us this spring, but we are so into our new kimchi recipe that we couldn’t wait until the recommended fall. Well it serves our impatient nature right by bolting straight away and giving us piddly little roots. Have you seen them at the farmers markets? Daikon’s can be monsterous! We’ll try again in fall.
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mini daikon radishes
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Back when we first planted our onions at the very end of January I counted forward 100 days (the tags estimated date of maturity) to May 5th. We’ll they aren’t ready. Not that we haven’t picked a few to use as young spring onions, but it’s not time to pull them out and let them dry. We’ve still got at least a month to go. I’ll let you know.
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We planted our potatoes on the same day as the spinach and daikon seeds, February 27th. And it looks like we’ve gotten our moneys worth on the Red Golds at least. We planted 1lb of them in this box and from one plant we’ve gotten 1.2lbs. Six more plants to dig. Of course this isn’t anything close to Sinfonian’s 100lb of potatoes, but it’s enough to enjoy with dinner. They were the creamiest potates I’ve every had.

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Old Germans & Rose Finns

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In the past we’ve always grown our potatoes directly into the ground. But this year we got a little crazy in our thinking and tried them out in our raised beds and wouldn’t you know, they are our most successful potatoes to date. Well, at least the tops of the potatoes are the most successful, who knows what’s going on underground. We ordered our potatoes (and shallots) from Milk Ranch as we do most years. What you are looking at here are the Rose Finn Apple potatoes and behind that are small square beds of Russet Norkatah and Red Gold. We planted all of these on February 27th and have mounded them up a few times since they’ve sprouted.

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If you are new to potatoes, you should download this great potato growing guide straight from Milk Ranch themselves.

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We also ordered shallots this year. We’ve never grown them before, but we liked the name of them. Old German Shallots. In my imaginative mind, I had half hoped they would sprout up with beer steins and big strawberry blond beards, but alas, all we are getting are leaves. They are pretty though. Fast Grow the Weeds recently wrote about her shallots too. Can’t wait to see these when they are ready. Shallots are something we are frequently buying so it will be nice to have them from our own garden this year.

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How about you? Any shallots or potatoes in your garden this year?

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