You Say Tomato, I Say Potato
My pickle cucumbers are going berserk.
So far I've been able to can three jars of pickles/pickle chips.
Dill pickles with my own homegrown dill too! They're soooo much better than last year's pickles. Crunchy!
Next up, my experimental plant of the year--okra.
The pods are getting bigger! I'm very excited about these. If I get enough of them, I will pickle them too--along with either some garlic or jalapenos. Mmmmmm!!!
Finally, I give you a weird twist to my Great Urban Potato Experiment.
Longtime readers will remember that back when we first moved to Nueva Jersey, I took a grocery store Yukon Gold and stuck it in a pot and let it grow on the steps of Squirrel Gables.
That was back in 2007. Ever year since then I save a little baby potato or two from the previous year's harvest and I plant it the following spring.
Some years I get more potatoes than others, sometimes I don't. I always get at least enough for one dinner's side dish of potato-something (baked, homefries, etc.).
Saturday night I was outside watering my plants when Chunky said "Hey Mom, I didn't know you planted tomatoes!" and he pulled this out of my potato plant:
But I knew there was NO WAY these were tomatoes...well maybe. I mean I did use compost in my mix, and sometimes you get hitchhiker seeds (like the time I got a pumpkin plant growing out of my peas...), but these didn't smell like tomatoes.
If you've grown tomatoes, you know what I'm talking about, it's that tomato oil smell from the stem. It's quite distinct.
If you're really into it, you too can smell like a tomato.
So I hopped online and through some googling and posting on Facebook (one of my old HS friends grew up on a potato farm)--I realized that these aren't tomatoes; they're true potato seeds.
What you do is harvest them, squeeze out their guts (which are allegedly slimy just like tomatoes*), wash the seeds, dry them, and plant them the next year.
How cool is this??!?! Maybe I'm easily amused but I'm am already pretty damn excited to grow potatoes from the great-great-great grandtater of my original Pot Potato.
Apparently, the appearance of true potato seeds is kind of rare. And there's a ton of other stuff out there on the internet about the chromosomal uniqueness of taters and their various breeds. Basically, the potatoes from these seeds, if I am understanding my quick internet research correctly, will be a completely unique strain of potatoes.
Perhaps I am easily amused, but this is just so damn cool! Ha ha!
ETA: These little "berries" although they look like tomatoes, they are highly poisonous!
*I also learned that potatoes and tomatoes are in the same family, and when you stop and look at them, they do look a lot alike!