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Veggie Tails – Part 2

The root vegetables are safely in the cellar, and it’s time I shared their intriguing pictures.  I thought the rutabagas were huge, but then I heard about a guy from the past that grew giant ones in southern Alberta. He grew them like people now try to grow world record pumpkins. That would have been a sight. He was mentioned lately because he was a WW veteran and I heard the story on Remembrance Day. It’s funny what people are remembered for. What will they say about me when I’m gone?


My hand holding my (sort of) big Rutabagas


I found a link that shows some really scandelously large ones:


I’m not actually that fond of them, but I’ve had to live off of what I grow and variety becomes a pleasure. Two things that will always spoil a good season for them are maggots and not enough moisture. They love consistent water. When fruit and vegetables don’t get enough moisture they are bitter and awful. When they get enough it allows the plant to make them ‘sweet’. I don’t know why, but I just know it’s true.


  Here’s my prize picture of tomatoes for the year. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Tomato:

Mr. and Mrs. Tomato




    I’m surprised at how much mice like potatoes.


A mouse eaten potato and what looks like a pretend varmit in the same hill.

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7 Responses to “Veggie Tails – Part 2”

  1. Naomi says:

    I only eat rutabaga raw, usually in thin strips or shredded in salads. They are great this way. Truthfully, I’ve never grown them myself. I just buy them from the store. (a crime in some places, I think).
    I’ve seen lots of Mr. Tomatoes, but I’ve never seen a Mrs. Tomato!
    One year, I grew a big garden. What didn’t get flooded out or eaten by gophers was mine to store in the fall. Only, before I could get to the garden to dig up the potatoes (the only thing that wasn’t killed by gophers or flood), the mice ate them. It was a truly sad day.
    That’s when I learned how very much mice like potatoes. :S
    Thanks for the fantastic pics!

    • sherry says:

      The mice can really take more than their share for sure. A person doesn’t usually know until it’s too late that they are doing it. It works well to dig a hill earlier on to get the baby potatoes and they can be discovered earlier. Then set traps.


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