potato sovereignty?

We just had our first garden harvest, and oh boy – *SO MANY* potatoes!

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helper dog Cyrus

I had braced myself that perhaps the plants would only produce a couple of potatoes each, and that would still be great. Alas, the bracing was unnecessary because on average, our plants yielded 6 – 8 potatoes. Our highest producing plant gave us *21* potatoes. What?!

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this all came from *one* plant

I cannot tell you (as a first-time gardener) how completely satisfying and exciting it was to pull each plant, loosen the soil, and root around for potatoes. The entire yard took about four or five hours to pull by myself (as Jesse was shingling our roof), and the novelty truly didn’t wear off the entire time.
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In the end, we have three large totes filled with potatoes, packing in a bit of dirt to help them keep (we don’t have a root cellar), and I don’t have a scale but it’s definitely triple digits for poundage.

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We will be seeing how long they last us, as our pie in the sky goal was to be completely self reliant for potatoes until summer 2018. Time will tell!  Safe to say, our use of the no-till gardening method was a major success. No lawn, almost no weeding (we weeded basically once the whole season), and lots of fresh, happy produce. ❤

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