Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Norma-ly, you wouldn't grow potatoes in a bag

But I dunno, Idaho - hey, grab that hoe, kick off the mud, put on your normal jeans, and try tubers a new way, Spud.

You don't mind if I call you Spud, do you, Idaho?


  1. Burlap gunny sack chafes such tender tuberosity...

  2. When is the last killing frost in Madison? I forget. I haven't lived there since '84.

    Are you planning some "conspicuous production" of tubers this year?

  3. Tender you tuberosity, chickelit. It would have to be waaay conspicuous, as in, in the front yard conspicuous but, yeah, I might try the bag method, chicko. Why? Mainly because residential soils often contain high levels of heavy metals and and when I say heavy metal I don't mean Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. We're talking molybdenum, cadmium, lead, and other rock groups like that. Soooo, growing in a bag has the advantage of keeping your roots in a controlled growing medium. You might call it a Sweetium Meadium. In MadTown, May 15 ought to be safe for you tender you tubers.

  4. One more beyond cadmium and molybdenum and we're talking a very very heavy burtation warning if not an outright citation.

    To protect all tubers and eyes in the immediate and surrounding area, use bags and avoid front yard exposure.

  5. Molydenum is an essential trace element link

    I wonder where the cadmium comes from? Old NiCd batteries?

    Plants are very useful for sequestering metal ions. Some are used to clean-up and remeadiate old industrial sites.

  6. I thought this was timely:

    With the acquisition of wealth by the masters came power, and all too often this power was used to oppress the worker rather than to help him. Strikes were not unknown, but the courts were always ready, through injunctions, to uphold the will of the masters, on the plea that labor was a commodity to be bought and sold like potatoes, and that property rights were superior to human rights.

    ITU Lessons in Printing. Trade Unionism Unit VI (1958). p. 9

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  8. Put on your Norma Jeans, did you say?

  9. Lead plumbing too.

    I just finished a very well-written book on Michael Faraday. One thing which struck me was his role in developing the iconic red and white look of lighthouses of the time. Both pigments were lead-based pigments: Lead tetroxide is red and lead carbonate is white. Both were colorfast and inert to sunlight. Pb3O4 has a long history with artists due to it's stunning color and durability. Pb(CO3) was used in white white until replaced by titanium dioxide, the same stuff that's in high SPF sunscreen.