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The vegetable gardening dopamine find of the year: potato harvesting. This is the first year that I've grown potatoes, and I've just started "digging my hills." Well, I am digging 'em: shovel out dirt, kneel down, look for potatoes. When you find one, you get that little rush that keeps kids gaping at the video screen for hours.

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"Dang it, Eric," you say. "Don't leave us hanging. What kind of potato did you grow?" The answer: two kinds. Green mountain and blue. I haven't eaten the blue yet, but the green mountain are excellent.

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The Tao of Vegetable Gardening Woman, Carole Depp, turned me onto the virtues of potatoes. I long declined to grow them simply because they're so cheap to buy and high in starch (and low in vitamins). Depp pointed out neither is true: if you grow rarer varieties that cost a lot in specialty stores. Hence my decision to grow the green mountain and blue. Added bonus: The woman who gardens next to me at the community gardens grows potatoes, so she gave me helpful hints throughout the year.

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Received in a text Saturday night: "I see some dude won the women's 800 meter olympics gold. Between that and the acceptance of sharia law in America after the death of Scalia, women should be irrelevant within a decade."

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