While the vines were still green, bugs started to do serious damage to the leaves and it did not look pretty. To combat the situation, I immediately dusted the leaves and stalks with a generous helping of all-purpose white flour. The flour should be applied when dew is present. It makes a glue and the bugs don't want to get stuck.
Shortly after this, the vines as well as the stalks wilted. Was this a sign of disease or what? Oh, no. The potatoes were ready to harvest. To make sure that was the case, I carefully dug up a hill and sure enough the potatoes were indeed ready.
After harvesting the red potatoes, I let them 'rest' a few days before eating. This is to get rid of the earthy flavor and let the juices settle.
A pot of new potatoes boiled with fresh dill is a delicacy when eaten with a dab of sweet margarine. What else? Pickled herring will do fine along with crisp Wasa bread and slices of Jarlsberg cheese. Top this off with Aquavit made earlier and you have yourself a feast like no other. Cheers.
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