Wednesday, February 22, 2012
George Washington-Planting Potatoes
Today I remember the birthday of George Washington, the first American president. He is often referred to as "The Father of our Country". He was also known for his love of the land and farming.
So, maybe it is fitting, that my Texas Organic Gardening Book suggests I plant my potatoes on February 22. I have always planted things when time allowed. This year, I thought it would be patriotic to plant the potatoes on our first president's birthday.
Usually I cut the seed potatoes in chunks, let them air dry a day, and then, plant.
This year, I'm trying a different approach by planting the whole potato.
One long row of Red Pontiac and one row of Kennebec, now covered, are ready to start growing. If you have not dug for potatoes, you are missing one of life's rewards in gardening.
Children love to do this too! Even for me, just thinking about all the potatoes I will find under the soil of a single growing plant, puts a smile on my face.
If you are one of my blogging friends who home-schools your children, check out When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story. It is a history book filled with beautiful illustrations.