Mary's Veggie Garden

July 29, 2013

Harvest Monday 7/29/2013 – A World of Color

Filed under: Gardening,Onions,Potatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 8:26 am

A genuine cold front moved into the area last Monday – Tuesday, bringing 1.6″ of much-needed rain, the first since 7/1, and much lower temperatures. With clear blue skies, lower humidity, and moderate temperatures, gardening was a joy.

Harvest of summer veggies continues. I didn’t take any pictures because it’s the same as last week: Sungold tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, summer squash, carrots, kale, chard, and onions.

Wednesday I started digging my early potatoes. Yield per hill for Yukon Gold was my highest ever, almost double last year. I attribute this to lots of rain during June when the potatoes were forming. In contrast, the yield per hill for my blue potatoes is only 75% of last years. I can’t explain this though I wish I could so I don’t repeat it. But they are pretty.

Freshly scrubbed blue potatoe.

Freshly scrubbed blue potatoes: the purple skin is so dark  it is almost black..

I separated out all the marble sized potatoes and boiled them until tender (maybe 5 minutes). The cooking water turned pale blue-green. After chilling the skins slipped off easily, almost like skinning a tomato.

Boiled & skinned blue potatoes.

Boiled & skinned blue potatoes.

I turned them into potato salad – they have good firm texture and excellent potato flavor in addition to the spectacular color.

The tops of my Cabernet onions were all folded over. I got carried away pulling them. Onions.Cabernet.img_3433 I realized there was no way I was going to stuff all those onions into my bicycle’s panniers for the trip home from the community gardens. Luckily my husband had not yet left for his daily bike ride and he rode out with the trailer to rescue me & the onions.

The onions rode home in the bike trailer.

The onions rode home in the bike trailer.


  1. You got a lot more rain than I got and we are not that far apart. Blue potatoes, one of my favorite varieties. Potato salad sounds yummy, should make some when I dig in more blues,

    Comment by Norma Chang — July 29, 2013 @ 9:09 am | Reply

    • This blue potato is the mystery variety I got from you. The rain total was for two days and quite welcome.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 29, 2013 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

  2. What a gorgeous harvest. Those potatoes are so beautiful.

    Comment by pooks — July 29, 2013 @ 9:12 am | Reply

  3. Those potatoes are glorious. And the bike trailer full of onions made me smile.

    Comment by Lisa and Robb — July 29, 2013 @ 10:45 am | Reply

  4. Love your blue potatoes! I’m growing All Blues this year for the first time…I sure do hope they turn out as well as yours 😉

    Comment by Bee Girl (AKA Melissa) — July 29, 2013 @ 11:19 am | Reply

  5. Sounds like you had a good harvest week! Those blue potatoes are very interesting looking. Hasn’t it been a great year for onions?

    Comment by Patsy — July 29, 2013 @ 11:54 am | Reply

    • Yes indeed, the onions are doing quite well. It’s a good thing the Copras won’t be ready for a couple more weeks, the Cabernet have all my drying space.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 29, 2013 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

  6. I love how the potatoes pick up the blue from the skin. And what a nice haul of onions. 🙂

    Comment by michelle — July 29, 2013 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

  7. Your blue potatoes are just so beautiful, like black pearls! Are they fairly sweet compared to Yukon Golds?

    Comment by Kentucky Fried Garden — July 29, 2013 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

    • I don’t think the blue are any more or less sweet than YG but I haven’t done a side by side taste test. It would be fund to do after all the potatoes are dug.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 29, 2013 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

  8. Your blue potatoes are so pretty! I bet they looked nice in a potato salad. Your onions are beautiful too! Lucky for you that your husband came to your rescue. That is quite a trailer full.

    Comment by GrafixMuse — July 30, 2013 @ 9:07 am | Reply

  9. Awesome harvest, and those blue potatoes and onions look really great! My blues were a bust this year as well – no idea why.

    Comment by Jenny — July 30, 2013 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

    • I suspect it is the conditions under which I stored the seed potatoes but I’m having difficulty confirming my suspicions. I buy most of my seed potatoes with the exception of 3 varieties.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 30, 2013 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

  10. Those blue potatoes are so pretty. I always wondered why they call them blue though when they look so purple – well I guess purple blue. Whatever color they are called, they are gorgeous.

    Comment by Daphne — August 2, 2013 @ 9:07 am | Reply

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