Planting Potatoes in Pajamas!

The kids and I went out to take care of the animals one morning this week, and it was so pleasant out (before this cold got here) that we stayed outside and eventually started digging holes for our potatoes. We had not gotten dressed yet because we usually do our chores in our pajamas before breakfast.

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I meant to plant these in the fall, but the fall has gotten away from me, so we'll see what happens. I found an article from the '90's about planting potatoes in the fall with some leaves in Backwoods Home Magazine.

Gideon got a post hole auger for Christmas from Santa. It is really handy, and not just for post holes, but for planting potatoes. Or digging any kind of hole for planting. The directions above said to bury the potatoes 8-10 inches. We usually need Jeremy to dig holes that deep for us, but with the auger we were able to get 9 holes dug. I was starting the holes with a regular shovel. (You don't have to do it this way, I just needed something to do.) I would get down to where I couldn't dig anymore, and then Gideon would start turning the auger and down it would go.

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I also got to use the auger, but at this point in the post I need you to scroll quickly past the next picture. Gideon decided to take pictures of me using the auger, and I wanted to prove that the baby was not left alone in the house while we were outside. (My sister is going to give me a hard time about this picture, but it's the jacket! And the baby I'm wearing!)


It's a pretty handy tool to have! If you garden or homestead at all, you might want to look into it. It's the Seymour Post Hole Auger. (They have different sizes and diameters too, which is nice.) It's still a work out, but not like with a shovel.

While Gideon and I were working on the holes, Eowyn and Esmond were collecting leaves. When they finished that, they started washing the potatoes. I bought the potatoes from Amazon, and they were coated in lime, so that had to washed off really well. Jeremy's great-grandfather was a farmer, and he would harvest his potatoes and then toss them in lime to keep them from sprouting and store them in the barn. (His wife, Jeremy's great-grandmother is still living. So the kids have met their great-great-grandmother. Pretty cool, huh?)

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So Eowyn and Esmond washed the potatoes and then put some leaves in each hole. They used Gideon's dump truck to move the leaves over. Cute, huh?


Then we dropped a potato in each hole. Normally I would cut the potatoes up, but the article above said to leave them intact.

We then put some more leaves on top of the potatoes and then buried it all. I left a marker so when we start again, we'll know where our line is. I don't mind toys that are outside, but they do drive Jeremy a bit crazy. I guess for the same reason toys inside drive me crazy.





So remember, if you are planting potatoes, wear pajamas, use a post hole auger, and toys can be helpful.

Your welcome.

10 comments

  1. This was an awesome post!! I loved the kids helping mommy and using their toys as tools and markers! How creative is that?!! I also learned how to plant potatoes!! Can't wait for spring! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for such a great comment! And for reading!

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  2. My oldest daughter LOVES Backwood Home Magazine. Can't wait to see how the potatoes turn out!

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  4. What a lovely post! I love your blog! What a great way to plant potatoes...and I love that the kids are so involved. :)

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    1. Thanks Andrea! We tell the kids if they want to keep eating and growing they are going to have to grow lots of food, because we won't be able to afford it especially once the boys get bigger.

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  5. Ah you most live somewhere south of here! We have snow on the ground. No planting potatoes in January here!

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    1. Goodness, no snow on the ground here! If we did have snow, we'd be stuck at home just like everyone else. It did get pretty cold the last few days, but it's nice again today. I think we're going to go out to try finishing the potatoes.

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