First off, I have done a ton of research on my potato problem. It appears from the GW thread that my experience with bottom production and nothing more is not uncommon. Dozens of folks have had the same results. Then there's Granny, who thinks we're way too tall and then there are those who blame the amount of plant we allowed to grow, the hardening off crowd. My brother even claims that in the tire method you completely cover the stalk to keep it climbing toward the surface as a root. I'm stumped.
So I went out to the internet and found Greg Lutovsky, who owns Irish Eyes - Garden City Seeds and found the same instructions from the Times article on his site. They also had a contact form. So I broke down and asked for his advice. We'll see what the expert says.
This evening we had a salad and I went out and picked a fresh, vine ripened tomato and ate it! OMG that was the best tomato I've ever had. And yes, maybe I'm saying that because I grew it, so what, hehe.
Lastly, I dressed up in two pairs of pants, long sleeves and a heavy jacket, a scarf over my neck and face and a hat to go out and do battle with a wasp nest. They'd already proven to be very aggressive. So I had a foaming spray I got today from my local True Value (I'm trying to shop locally of course), and my partial can of instakill spray, one in each gloved hand. I bet I looked priceless. At 20 minutes past official sunset, I started blanketing the general area of the nest with foam. Whenever I saw movement I did a windmill motion with my instant kill spray, creating a fog of death for any would-be attackers. After thirty seconds of that, it looked like they were mounting a massive attack and I retreated. I sure hope I got them. Threre's a chance they're ground wasps, which would be bad because I would need to clear the area to find the holes. Not good. I'm crossing my fingers that my kids can go out and play again. My wife won't let them go out on the best weather days of the year. Thankfully they've been going to parks.
Well, my brother's got about 15 cukes harvested and I've got about the same amount almost ready, so we may be doing another batch of pickles. Speaking of which, my pot is marinading away and still smells great. Two weeks down, two to go.
Lastly, I know it's not gardening, but it's a disappointing day for football in Seattle. We now have zero veteran receivers on the Seahawks. Nate Burleson was the last remaining experienced receiver and he tore an ACL and is now out for the season. Now we need three plus receivers to step up from the rookies and practice squad players and someone to return kicks. Not looking good for our Seahawks.
Enjoy your garden!