One of the fun aspects of gardening is that you never know what you don’t know about a vegetable until it shows up in your garden.
I’ve been gardening since I was a toddler. I’ve seen and planted several different varieties of potatoes in the half dozen different places I’ve lived over the course of my life time, not doing the math, but that’s a few dozen gardens. My husband also has a long history with gardening as well. This year, we learned something knew that we never knew about or even thought about: poison-potato berries.
My husband was in the garden and called out to me, for me to come and see the tomato-looking growths on our potato vines.
I grabbed my camera and took off.
He showed me the tomato-looking growths. We discussed if we had gotten a cross-pollinated batch of potato sets of ‘tomato potato plants’.As soon as I got back in the house, I ran a search on them through a search-engine and I’m glad I did.
These are not a cross-pollination, what we have growing on our potato plants is a normal type of ‘poison-berry’ that naturally grows on potato plants, although rarely of any size. However, the bigger ones are usually on the Yukon Gold variety, which is what we planted this year.Fortunately, the poison-potato berries doesn’t effect the quality of the potato tubers growing in the ground, so we’re good-to-go on that.
Also in the photos, you can see the flea beetle damage on the plants. We’ve been fighting the tiny damaging buggers all season. I don’t know why they’re so hardy this year, unless it’s because it’s been such a hot dry gardening season so far.
Tah-dah and there you have it.
We 2 Old Gardeners learned something knew this year.
Ain’t that a hoot?
Happy June 1st everyone!
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