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Potato Plants

The Island is a huge producer of potatoes.  I showed a newly planted field a couple of weeks ago and here is a field with a few weeks growth.  I'll follow this in a couple of weeks with a field full of blossoming plants.

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Potato Plants

The Island is a huge producer of potatoes.  I showed a newly planted field a couple of weeks ago and here is a field with a few weeks growth.  I'll follow this in a couple of weeks with a field full of blossoming plants.

Click to Play:
Garden In the Rain - Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks
A Change is Gonna Come - Ben Sollee

We travel hills and vales.   An Island Walk


comments (9)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 2 Jul 2008, 01:29
I love to watch things grow like this, Mary. Maybe one day I'll get back to Mother Earth again...like this!
Mary MacADNski: I like watching things grow too.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 2 Jul 2008, 02:51
That soil look very red and fertile.
Mary MacADNski: It is fertile soil but heavy chemical fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and pesticides are sprayed on potato crops.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Jul 2008, 04:51
Wonderful image, Mary.
Is the spud crop being targeted for conversion to gasoline, or still viewed as food for folks?
Mary MacADNski: These would definitely destined for food - table potatoes. We also grow seed potatoes which are sold as seed to produce more potatoes.
I like that you have included the car and house - you give me an opportunity to make up my own surrounding of the field...
Mary MacADNski: I'm so glad you noticed that. I thought of cropping but change my photos only when necessary. It shows how close these crops (which are sprayed with chemicals) are to peoples homes.
Beautiful perspective shot Mary. The furrows are quite deep!
Mary MacADNski: Yes, the furrows are deep, as the potatoes grow on bunches under the soil.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands.
  • 2 Jul 2008, 14:20
This is such a great picture, love the green and the red, I think they will become nice potatoes.
Mary MacADNski: I'm sure they will be. I visit houses on both sides of the field so will be able to watch the progress.
I love spuds (potatoes). I like the vibrant green of the fresh foliage.
Mary MacADNski: In a week or so they will be flowering. I'll take a shot them too.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Jul 2008, 22:50
Potaoes and using every inch of land right up to the house. The owner must be of dutch origin.

My father-in-law farmed potatoes in holland before retirement. The only spraying they did there was to kill of the surface growth right before harvest. The old man refused to do that as he was sure that it influence the grade of the product negatively. He harvested by hand only.

These rows make for an excellent picture.
Mary MacADNski: Here every inch of available land is used for potatoes. They are extensively sprayed here. We have a lot of Dutch farmers but they grow tobacco and cole crops (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, etc) as a rule. Of course some grow potatoes but again, they're sprayed all summer long. Some farmers are growing organically, thank goodness.
thats the same field! my word things grow quickly there! super lines in this shot! Keen to see the flowering shot!
Mary MacADNski: That's not the same field as the first shot but it will remain the field I will follow. I took a shot on Saturday and you can barely see any red soil.

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