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Another Favorite Delusion: Tomorrow, I’ll Be a Potato Farmer

I love a good delusion!

Oh my word, y’all.

I abound with delusions. All sorts of them. Someday, I’ll be crafty, efficient, excited to exercise, and who knows what else.

When these potatoes started sprouting, it seemed like a great idea to hold onto them and start potato farming. I mean, I saw an instructional video years ago that sounded like it was super easy and all you needed was a trash can and some dirt. (At least that’s what I remember.)

My 10 year old (she was only 9 at the time) daughter was all for it. We researched, we dreamed, and we considered.

But we didn’t actually do anything. 

Making a potato farm out of old tires sounded fun. We kept dreaming and planning.

And then, the very next week on the way to the lake, we had TWO flat tires on our boat trailer!!! What luck!

Yay for us, the members of Future Potato Farmers of America, not so much for Daddy who had to change both flats and then buy and install new tires.

With the (totally rotten) spare, we had three tires to build our potato-growing contraption. But we couldn’t do it right then, because there was no room in the Suburban to actually haul them back home.

And then I never thought about our Potato Passion again.

Until my Slob Vision cleared on a day spent deep cleaning and I saw that the cute little sprouties of a few months ago had turned into alienish growths of terror.

And I gave up.

Goodbye, endless free potatoes.

Goodbye, dreams.

Goodbye, delusion.

I’m happy to do my part to support Real Potato Farmers. Besides, I learned we don’t eat as many potatoes as I thought we did. The bag of potatoes on the shelf below was scarily sprouted as well.

They all went in the trash.

--Nony get-how-to-manage-your-home-without-losing-your-mind-wherever-books-are-sold

Comments

  1. 1

    I just took from my friend several potatoes to do the same…. I have chives (or do you call it green onion?) so I feel an experienced gardener 😉

  2. 2

    Oh Nony, that’s funny! I have some of those same delusions!
    Good thing we have each other as supports, in our “Time to Get Over Our Delusions” 12 step program! lol

  3. 3

    …and onions, and garlic too.

  4. 4

    Oh my goodness, the same happened to me except I actually *bought potatoes from Burpee’s catalog dreaming of silky smooth gold Yukon potatoes.

  5. 5

    Love it! I have delusions of getting out my sewing machine and mending things…BTW, I’m a little sad cause I moved back to California without ever bumping into you in DFW. You’re my favorite blogger hands down, and my sister and I are hooked on your podcasts.

  6. 6

    You would have been disappointed if they were not potatoes intended for seed anyway. Learned potatoes from the store, will not grow the same under the best of circumstances. Most will not even produce actual potatoes. Organic potatoes bought from the store will grow, but your harvest may or may not be worth it. Buy potatoes intended for planting, more often than not they are cheaper anyway.

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