On my last day off it rained here in sunny Arizona, and I was forced to compromise with Lili. We focused our energy on inside chores (laundry and dishes) with the promise of exploring outside together another day. Today I had the intense desire to play in the dirt. My body ached for the need to do something in the garden. I decided to try and replicate my mother’s potato project. I wanted to do it the exact way that she did. After a few phone calls and a number of failed attempts to replicate the project I decided to go back to the way I’ve always done it. From here we can continue to monitor and figure out which way produces the most potatoes. So I decided to do a side by side comparison. A new way of gardening vs. a conventional way of gardening. A race of organic potatoes from the store Vs. NON – GMO potatoes bought from the local nursery. Pinterest Vs Tried and True.We’ll be watching to see which grows faster, and produces more potatoes: organic potatoes bought in the grocery store, or non-GMO potatoes we bought in the nursery. We’ll also be checking to see if the new technique my mom is trying works better than the tried-and-true method of regular potato mound planting. You can read all about my mom’s planting, and how to plant potatoes HERE.It’s hard to say exactly when the exact date will come when the potatoes will be ready to harvest. The individual plants will let us know when they’re ready, and we will go digging for potatoes once the shoots begin wilt. Then, we will see which one wins.
The last week has been both challenging and stressful. As I begin my new journey into gardening full-time, it is still difficult to close the door on the past. I didn’t believe that it would be this difficult on me both physically and emotionally. I’ve encountered so many different scenarios; all have been supportive. It is extremely hard to say goodbye to people that you’ve spent more time with than your family. People who have helped you through extremely difficult times. I am reminded that not all stress is negative. There are important memories and lessons that have influenced me thus far. These friends have been there for you through terrible and joyous times. The possibility that you will fall out of touch, miss each other is a new reality. Sometimes you find yourself at a crossroads and know that it is time to part ways. This last week I have felt this separation like a knife being wedged into my heart. It has become more and more apparent that it is time to begin this new journey.
Look at all that growth! The NON – GMO’s are winning. However the race is not over yet
I will be adding more dirt on my next day off.