Chitting the Yukon Golds

Another vegetable gardening job for the weekend is to start to chit the Yukon Gold potatoes. Chitting means sprouting the potatoes in a light, cool, frost-free area. I put mine in the living room.  It that seems too warm, I’ll move them to the counter in the garage.

I put the potato tubers in a shallow, open box, cutting the big ones so that they can heal over well before they go into the ground.  They’ll hang out here until they sprout and green shoots appear.  Keep them in the light to form stout green and pink shoots rather than long spindly white ones. To increase the size of the potatoes,I’ll only keep three or four shoots at the top of the tuber to form leaves.

There varying opinions about the necessity of chitting so I thought I’d give it a try this year to see if we can get an earlier start.


Soda Bread for March

I made a batch of Soda Bread yesterday for St. Patrick’s Day supper.  I forgot to take a photo of the loaf, but I have one of the leftovers and the butter I made from fresh, raw cream to go along with it.


  • 1 pound white flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 3/4 buttermilk
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Make a well and pour in the buttermilk.
  4. Stir to just combine and then pat into a round, about 1 inch thick.
  5. Slice the top with an X about 1/2 inch deep.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes
  7. Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degree and bake an additional 30 minutes.
  8. Cool on a rack.

Filling in with Lettuce

I’ve been doing some research in biointensive garden/farming practices.  I like the idea of crowding the plants just enough to shade out the weed starts while holding in the moisture and helping to prevent soil erosion.  I’d planted six Romaine Lettuce starts a few days ago, spacing them in my regular fashion.  Yesterday I found six Merlot Leaf Lettuce starts on clearance and was going to plant them in the same way, but I decided to do a little experiment.  I planted them amongst them Romaine, next to the Broccoli starts and more crowded then I normally would.  It will be fun to see what happens.

Sowing Peas

These are in a little late, but with the late snow I think we’ll be fine.
I’ve purchased two varieties of organic seeds, Blue Pod Shelling & Taiwan Sugar Snow Pea. I started with 20 of each variety, which I’ll follow with successive plantings every 5-7 days until I run out.
The seeds, because of their tough outer husk, I believe will germinate better after soaking. I started them about 6:30 this morning and planted them about 4:30 this afternoon – so 10 hours of soaking.
1st Planting – 3/12/2018
2nd Planting – 3/15/2018

Broccoli and Cabbage

We picked up some ‘Premium Crop’ Broccoli and ‘Ruby Ball’ Red Cabbage starts yesterday.  They were on clearance because, with our cold snap, they’ve gotten leggy.  I removed the seed leaves when I planted them and put them in almost up to the first set of regular leaves, spacing them about 18″ apart.    We also refreshed the raised beds with some composted horse manure from Kosher Eric so they should have some good nutrients.

Leggy Broccoli starts
broccoli starts planted
cabbage starts planted
leggy cabbage starts

Spring Garden

This spring I decided to start a little at a time.  The “new normal” at our place will be cleaning up and making it easy to take care of the gardens.  We want to make the place as attractive as possible for buyers down the road.


3/10 – Willamette Spinach starts – Wilco – $1.50 on clearance
3/10 – Winter Cleanup – Back Porch

3/11 – planted Ruby Ball Cabbage starts – Wilco – $1.50 on clearance
3/11 – planted Premium Crop Broccoli starts – Wilco – $1.50 on clearance
3/11 – horse compost from Kosher Eric – $145.00
3/11 – General Garden cleanup

3/12 – Soaked and sowed Taiwan Sugar and Blue Pod Shelling Peas – Wilco – $2.39/package

3/15 – Soaked and sowed Taiwan Sugar and Blue Pod Shelling Peas
3/15 – planted Romaine Lettuce – Wilco – $2.99

3/17 – trimmed back Leek starts – Wilco – $1.50
3/17 – trimmed back Yellow Sweet Spanish Onion starts – Wilco – $1.50

3/18 – planted Merlot Leaf Lettuce – Wilco – $1.50
3/18 – started 18 seeds Cylindrical Beets – Wilco – $2.39
3/18 – started 18 seeds Lutz Pink Beets – Wilco – $2.39
3/18 – set up light bench for seed starts
3/18 – DH cleaned up greenhouse
3/18 – Planted out 2 rows Detroit Dark Red Beet Seeds – $3.49
3/18 – Planted out 1 row Scarlet Nantes Carrot Seeds – $3.49
3/18 – Yukon Golds set out for Chitting – Wilco – $5.99

3/19 – Moved 2 blueberries from the back garden wall to the blueberry bed
3/19 – Ordered 25 seed packets from Artistic Gardens & Le Jardin du Gourmet – $14.50