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That's what I am doing also. I still have squash, pea pods, spinach, cherry tomatoes, and herbs to bring in. I'll wait on the carrots and potatoes.


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Monster carrots! I just pulled a bunch of carrots and was shocked at the size of some of them. I put a dinner fork next to the big guy so you can get a feel for how large it is.
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Whoa Nellie! Those are big ones! Yum!
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Hope they didn't go woody. If so I'm thinking soup or carrot cake!

Carrots are my favorite vegetable, by far! So versatile and plays nicely with just about every other vegetable & herb from the garden.


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I have never seen carrots that big! Impressive.


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My garden is now in decline. I was able to get a dozen+ tomatoes to ripen on the vine. The squash has died back. The corn is done. The cucumbers never did much for me after being shaded out by the pumpkins but a few pumpkins grew to a respectable size. My kale is still alive but the aphids are back with a vengeance. Some root vegetables are still alive to a degree, although my potatoes died back last month after producing a number of small potatoes. That probably wraps things up this year for me...been great following this thread.


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Nice pumpkins, what kind are they? I grew the small pie pumpkins and only got 3, not nearly as big as yours are. Good to see your furry friend keeping watch over your produce, wouldn't want the rabbits or chipmunks to snatch it away. :)

I wonder why your potatoes didn't do too well. Did you water them through the dry spells?


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The potatoes did ok. Not great. Water could be a factor. I used old tires which got hot in the sun. My main issue was the chipmunks that kept feeding on the foliage. I might try to cage the potatoes next year to keep out the chips.

Pumpkins are jack o lantern variety. Very much edible.


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I've never had chipmunks eat potato leaves but last year, the deer did big time. Until then, I didn't think any critter would eat potato leaves.

I watered my potatoes every evening and mulched the whole bed with old straw. Potatoes prefer cooler temperatures, especially on the forming potatoes. My vines are just dying back and we'll dig the potatoes next week or so.


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My potatoes died back in August, but I put them in the ground fairly early.

Cscitney87, don't know if you did this, but I find it helps. I have my potatoes in a black plastic horse trough, which started partially full of dirt and compost. As the potatoes grow I keep adding compost, so by the end of the season the trough is close to full. I am not sure if this works because you are expanding the root system or because you are providing nice loose soil for the potatoes to grow in. I suspect it is the loose soil because when I dig down to the more compacted soil I don't find any potatoes. I would be curious if anyone knows why this works.

By the way, nice pumpkins!


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I think it's because potatoes like tomatoes (same family and all) are better if their early stems are buried. For example, tomatoes, if planted deep, will grow roots along the buried stem and be a stronger plant. This is a way to get spindly, light deprived tomato plants to thrive.

The traditional way to plant potatoes is in a trough or hole and, as the potato plant grows, to hill dirt around the plant several times. The potatoes will put out little potato shoots from the buried stems and thus have more potatoes per plant.


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Nice pumpkins cscitney87!!!

Potatoes are funny things. Sometimes they grow great and other years not so much. Yes planting deep and "hilling up" is very helpful.

Sometimes that extra stem/roots just gives them more water and nutrients to make more and bigger spuds at the bottom and sometimes it will grow more tubers up the stems. I don't know why the difference. Perhaps it is the different varieties.

I rarely grow them anymore (because I'm not suppose to eat them). But they are fun to grow. I have had the best luck with stacked tires and grow bags. The grow bags are the easiest, IMO.

Potatoes are cool weather plants. The leaves can handle a lot of sun but the roots like to stay cool. So give them afternoon shade. If using tires in the full sun, then grow something tall on the south and west sides of the tires to shade them so that they don't overheat.


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