Lee is about ready to have a nervous breakdown due to the weather impeding his gardening progress. If only you could hear the grumbles emanating from him. I keep telling him to chill out because vegetable gardening is part skill and part luck. The weather is really not cooperating over here as it will be sunny, then hail, then sunny again, and then pour down rain like it’s gonna float us away. Each day that goes by Lee seems to get more morose. I think it’s the sound of all the potatoes mocking him from the other room since they haven’t been planted yet.
Anyways, on Saturday he got one bed almost done before the sky opened up and tried to drown us. Monday saw us out in the garden after he got off work, trying to plant some of those mocking potatoes. It was still just a tad too wet, but Lee needed to do something to keep his garden sanity.
We planted some of those second year French Fingerlings that my mom gave me. Unfortunately I didn’t get back to the store in time, so I can’t compare new potato seed to older potato seed to see how much loss you will get from viruses in the plants. So I guess I will have to plant them again next year and make sure I get my new seed on time. We planted 30 feet of potatoes and we still have a bunch that still need planted. Maybe one day if it drys out.
So, Lee finally got some of those taunting potatoes planted but now he has something else threatening his fragile hold on his garden sanity. He’s trying to do something about it, but no luck so far. We have some pocket gophers in the garden. While moles can uproot plants with their digging, pocket gophers will simply eat them. He has a trap set in one of their holes at the moment.