The potatoes are almost in full flower now. With the awesome rain last night and today our plants should set some great tubers.
Growing our own potatoes is super important to us since A - they are yummy and B - they are one of the worst conventionally grown crops for our health. Here's the scoop:
"The problem: Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes–the nation’s most popular vegetable–they’re treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting. The farm director of the Rodale Institute said, “I’ve talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals.”