Zinnias and potatoes

I was out last night measuring my zinnias for the zinnia trials and thought I’d snap a few shots to share with you.  They are doing quite well—they are all big, healthy-looking plants with fairly numerous blooms.  A couple of them are sort of nondescript colors, but I didn’t take pictures of those.  ;)   Most of them are bright reds, corals, and pinks—just what I love seeing in the garden (especially the vegetable garden, which is usually mostly green).



More zinnias

While I was out there, I was noticing my potatoes. . . they’ve been  doing fairly well (I think), but since I’ve never grown potatoes before, I’m not sure what they are supposed to look like at this point.  You can see in this photo that it looks like a few of the plants are sort of turning brown and starting to lay down a bit. . . can that be good?


Do any of you have experience with potatoes you can share with me?  How do I know when they’re “ready” to dig?  Do the plants give me a clue, or do I just dig them whenever I have time?  I confess, I’m hoping that the sort of poor-looking plant in the photo is just how you tell when they’re ready to dig up.   :)   But I’m thinking that’s probably just wishful thinking on my part and really that plant is simply not doing well.

I would greatly appreciate any helpful suggestions you seasoned potato-growers might have!  :)

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5 Responses to Zinnias and potatoes

  1. Wendy says:

    Your potatoes are ready to dig when they turn brown and start to die off! You have done well with them, they all look so good. Your Zinnia’s look fabulous too! Love reading your blog!

  2. Avatar of Sandi Sandi says:

    Thanks so much for your kind comments!

    And I have to laugh about the potatoes turning brown and dying off–that’s really just what I was hoping, but I wasn’t thinking it was likely. Thanks for the info!

  3. Avatar of Tansey Tansey says:

    Did you buy your zinnias as plants or start from seed? and What is the name of your zinnias? I am looking for the huge zinnias- but can’t seem to find the plants- thanks

    • Avatar of Sandi Sandi says:

      I am doing a master gardener zinnia trial for the U of M–they sent me six varieties of seeds. l I was actually surprised that, for the few amount of seeds I got, there was a very high germination rate. I can’t remember the names of them, but I will check my sheet tonight and get back to you. I know one is “Benary Giant Line” but I can’t remember any of the others at the moment. :)

    • Avatar of Sandi Sandi says:

      Ok–the varieties of seeds I got were: Benary’s Giant Line, Envy, Pinca, Queen Lime, Queen Red Lime, and Uproar Rose. I would have to say, the ones that are supposed to be green (Envy and Queen Lime) are not green–they’re sort of a pale, nondescript yellow. By far the least pretty of the bunch. But all of them are nice and big and healthy and had great germination rates. So I would recommend them. :)

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