Good morning, gardenistas!

Hope you had a great last weekend of April…’cause now it’s FINALLY May!

The sweet spot month up here in far north Idaho.

The month of the last frost {hopefully}.

The month to get things cranking.

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It’s too cold for flowers outside now, but I’m enjoying the 16 geraniums that my neighbor Queen of Birds threw my way.

She’s also Queen of Flowers 🙂

She said when temps get over 50 degrees they’ll be fine outside.

So I keep waiting.

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Fluff aside, let’s get down to business.

Chitting potatoes…and my problems this year with them!

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These are actually organic red potatoes I bought at the store…to eat…and then they started sprouting before we ate them :/

So…why not use them in the garden?  Experiment #1.

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I cut the larger potatoes in half as long as they had eyes on each piece…and within a week they started getting moldy and fuzzy fungusy (my new word).

Was about to throw them out but Google said I could probably grow them just fine.  Experiment #2.

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I’m not planting as many this year so this bed was chosen.

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In the ground they went on April 6, with hoops overhead as a last minute barrier to save them from Roxie’s digging.

There has been no growth coming up, so yesterday I decided to pull one up to see if they were mushy and dead, or alive and well.

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Voila! Roots growing!

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Back in the ground it went.

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In the interim, we had to change out the hoops for a wire barrier in the bed, and also a whole new project for Mr. Denim…

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so this wouldn’t keep happening.

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Still not done with the “doggie fence”…Mr. Denim’s busy season is just getting started!