Abundance and Potatoes
This year, I grew potatoes for the very first time and was amazed to see how they grow, in strings under the ground, one after the other, like little starchy sausages. At least it looked like they used to all be attached. By the time we rummaged through the earth with our trowels and gardening gloves, the individual potatoes were afloat in the earthy soup of the soil around them.
I planted the seed potatoes whole, deep in one of the raised beds at the side of the house and forgot about them. Partway through the summer, a friend told me you’re supposed to “earth up” potatoes, piling dirt on top of the green plants, allowing just the top leaves to be exposed. When I read a how-to guide online and looked at my long, spindly potato plants, their many leaves open in a tryst of photosynthesis with the sun, I panicked and posted a cry for help on Facebook. My botanist and gardener friends rescued me. It’s okay to cover them up now, they said. It’s not too late.