Update on St. Patrick’s Day Planting

Editor’s Note: This article is a follow-up to an earlier piece written by Becky Workinger, Lehman’s Customer Service Manager. Becky is a farmer’s wife who loves “digging in the dirt” herself. Enjoy!

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Becky's Peas

2nd week of April, 2010
I was so excited to see the peas are up and going, but I was not seeing potatoes, so I dug down to see if they were sprouting,  and there they were, growing much slower than the peas.
Take a look at the picture; don’t you just love the green shoots standing up and stretching for the sun? I am sure that the unusual 75-degree days we recently enjoyed have helped the growth. The 41-degree day we are having today may be not so friendly to them.  I think the row is a little crooked looking, but maybe it’s the angle at which I am standing, using my cell phone to snap the picture.  Farmers are always proud to show off their straight rows of planting their fields and of course in their gardens.  I think there is some old wives’ tale that says the crooked row always has more in it.

I am reminded of the little song we used to sing with the 2-yr-old Sunday School Class:

Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow
Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow
Do you, or I, or anyone know
How oats, peas, beans, and barley grow?

First the farmer plants the seed
Stands up tall and takes his ease
Stamps his feet and claps his hands
And turns around to view the land

(Repeat Chorus)

Then the farmer waters the ground

Becky's Potatoes

Becky's Potatoes

Watches the sun shine all around
Stamps his feet and claps his hands
And turns around to view the land

(Repeat Chorus)

After weeks of sun and air
The farmer picks the crops right there
Stamps his feet and claps his hands
And turns around to view the land

(Repeat Chorus)

I will keep you posted on the growth  and what is up with the potato seeds (it may be they were slowed down by the 2 inches of snow we had on March 26th). Happy Gardening.