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Signs of Spring [In February?!]

One of the lovely ‘extras’ that came with our house was an established rhubarb patch.

This is how it looked when we moved in:

First thing was to cut off the flower stalks! I think I did that before we actually moved in.

And this is what I saw earlier this week (before the snow storm!):

See the little red nubs? That’s this years rhubarb.
Unfortunately the rhubarb is right where I want to put my herb garden, right out side the door in the back.
Fortunately the rhubarb should be divided so I’ve got to dig it up anyway.

I’ve also got my potato order in. I’m trying a new source this year.

I’ve used Ronniger Potato Farm in the past, and I was really happy with my taters but I wanted to go with someone closer to me this year.

I decided to go with The Maine Potato Lady
Prices are lower but they have less variety
They also had shallots for a decent price which I wanted to try out this year.

I ordered:
Yellow Moon Dutch Shallots
Rose Finn Apple Fingerlings
French Fingerlings
Laratte Fingerlings
Mountain Rose Potatoes
Red Gold Potatoes
Purple Majesty Potatoes (Love purple potatoes!!!)
Katahdin Potatoes

I got 1 lb of shallots and each fingerling and 2.5 lbs of the regular taters.

Yes, it’s a lot. But I think that if you’re going to go through the trouble of growing your own food, make it fun!
Also if you start out with quality, disease free stock you can grow from your own harvest for an extended period time.
Here’s hoping I don’t have to buy potatoes or shallots anymore!


  1. I can’t wait for our garden to come in this year. We had a little one last year, but this year’s should be much bigger. Those purple potatoes are gorgeous! I wonder if we could grow some of those…