So here's the story: About four months ago, I bought a bag of potatoes to make some yummy Japanese "curry rice", which is basically just a kind of toned-down curry sauce that you put over rice. It's got some kind of meat in it usually, and maybe carrots, onions, and potatoes.

Ah yes, potatoes... The fact of the matter is, I don't really eat that many potatoes. So naturally, I forgot about the remainder of the above-mentioned potatoes after I made my curry rice (it did taste wonderful) since I put them on the very bottom of a shelf I never use. Being that I am a tall kind of guy, and I hardly ever use this shelf, much less look around down there for fun, you can maybe imagine that I didn't see these potatoes for a long, long time...


Then one day, months later, while I was cleaning my kitchen floor (I clean my kitchen more often than this, I just didn't happen to notice that the potatoes were there before), I happened to look over at the shelf where the potatoes were. To my surprise, there they were! The other thing I noticed about these potatoes was that they had eyes about an inch long sticking out of them. The eyes were purple, and little roots were starting to pop out of some of them. This was a very intriguing thing to see in my very own kitchen...

What the heck, I thought, and proceeded to cut off the parts with the eyes, and put them onto a plate in some water. About 2 1/2 weeks later, they were about 6 inches tall. Yeah, these potatoes must be some kind of mutant Japanese quick-growing potatoes. I know it's not the water, because I'm not growing or turning colors or anything else surprising. Now they tower over my room, a veritable potato forest, covering the top of part of my table in luscious pototo-shade.


 

Now my potato plants are budding, and hopefully pretty soon I'll have some nice potato flowers to brighten up my room. I've never seen a potato plant in blom before, maybe you haven't either ... well just stay tuned to joshjacobson.net for the end of this most amazing story.

The potato flowers are here! I woke up the other day, and I was greeted by a bunch of potato blossoms. There's really not much more to say than that. Here are the pictures.

my potato plant on its way out

So it looks as though the saga of the great potato forest is coming to a close. I think that maybe it needed to live in real dirt or something ... I don't know. Anyway, here is the last picture taken of it, as it wilted sickly into the plate from which is sprung...

But not without leaving behind its valiant legacy, some potato babies that may very well someday become JOSH'S POTATO STORY II !!!
stay tuned...

legacy of the great potato forest
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