I was inspired a bit by the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle..., by Barbara Kingsolver, I admit.
I grabbed a bag of organic potatoes straight from the grocery store and planted a few of them.
Honestly, I never thought they'd come up.
I had several consultations with my dad (gardening expert) and a few with my mom (grew up on a farm), and while I found that I didn't have to plant the entire potato (oops), my crop actually started to grow.
I don't know why, but planting something and then watching it spring from the ground is one of the most excited things in life for me. Second to a few things, perhaps, including actually harvesting the produce from the seed I planted with my own hands.
I know this doesn't hold the same fascination for everyone.
Yesterday, when I saw a few potatoes peeking in small mounds from below the ground I squealed and called Jonah out to share my excitement:
"Look, Jonah! The potatoes are coming up!"
"That's it? That's why you called me out here?"
"Well...yeah, isn't it cool?!"
Okay - Jonah probably won't be a gardener...
Either way, I called my dad on the phone to ask him if I should dig them up, and he wavered a little, so I asked my mom this morning, telling her the stalks were yellow and the leaves curling and browning. She said they were probably ready.
I dug up fifteen or so potatoes!!! It was magical and wonderful - like opening a surprise gift someone left on your doorstep and finding wondrous treasure! My heart pounded faster at each new discovery.
I called Maeryn out to see them this time. A little more into it than her brother, but still not all that stoked, so I called my dad.
He wanted to know all about them and asked how many and how big and even made some cooking suggestions. Best. Dad. Ever.
I love that guy.
Oh, and here's a look at our first harvest!: