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The Whitehurst Diaries: Potatoes and Seed Balls

A Willis the Cat the Garden Supervisor episode. The potatoes with little green tomatoes
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By Sharon Whitehurst

Jim requested potatoes for supper and when informed that we had used the last of the 'store-bought' supply, he headed for the garden with grandson Devin Gould and Willis the Cat in tow.


Seconds later Devin burst into the kitchen commanding, "Meme, you have to see this--the potato plants have grown little green tomatoes!"

We pondered this, never having seen such an occur3nce in many years of gardening. I was vaguely aware that both potatoes and tomatoes belong to the nightshade family of plants [solanaceae] and that because of this relationship tomatoes, once called 'love-apples,' were formerly considered unfit for humans to eat.

An internet search gave us the information that potatoes sometimes set these 'seed-balls' or 'seed-berries' when long days [think June]coincide with a spell of cooler weather.

Yukon Gold potatoes, our favorite, are particularly prone to this seeding process. Interestingly, although some of the seed stems were bare I found no green 'berries' rolling about in the potato rows. None of the other potato varieties are making seed balls.

What seemed like a casual garden errand provided a learning moment as well as some nearly perfect Yukon Golds for the evening meal.

As well, Willis the Cat found opportunity for garden supervision--he takes all discoveries in stride.

For more on potato seed balls, go here


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Willis the Cat, Garden Supervisor extraordinaire



2012-06-17 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Hank Kimball
has a superior peer as a Country Agent in Willis the Cat the Whitehurst Garden Supervisor who was along, and was an inspiration for the solution of the great Potatoes P'liking They Are Tomatoes Confoundering Mystery. The answer was found on the Internet.

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Potato plants with tomatoes on them?



2012-06-17 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst. The mystery presented: Devin had burst into the kitchen commanding, "Meme, you have to see this--the potato plants have grown little green tomatoes!" and this is what we'd found. - Sharon Whitehurst
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Enlightenment on tomatoes on potato plants found



2012-06-17 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
We had pondered this, never having seen such an occurrence - tomatoes sprouting on potato plants - in many years of gardening. I was vaguely aware that both potatoes and tomatoes belong to the nightshade family of plants [solanaceae] and that because of this relationship tomatoes, once called 'love-apples,' were formerly considered unfit for humans to eat. An internet search gave us the information that potatoes sometimes set these 'seed-balls' or 'seed-berries' when long days [think June] coincide with a spell of cooler weather - Sharon Whitehurst

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Yukon Gold potatoes particularly prone to seedball phenomenon



2012-06-17 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Yukon Gold potatoes, our favorite, are particularly prone to this seeding process. Interestingly, although some of the seed stems were bare I found no green 'berries' rolling about in the potato rows. None of the other potato varieties are making seed balls. - Sharon Whitehurst

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