It was a busy, busy weekend around here and I have tons to show you....but I have to get outside before the rain comes to give my grass the first cut of the season.
Spring is well and truly here now, isn't it? I love it!!
But before I head out I wanted to give you a little peek at one of the things I was up to this weekend....and also give you a tip on an easy peasy way to grow your own potatoes!
Clearly I was a busy lady this weekend, which is par for the course for me.
And I'll share more on that big project I undertook during the week.
But right now I want to show you one of the simplest things I did this weekend - plant potatoes.
I know what you're thinking, how can planting potatoes be easy peasy?
Well, it can if you use the cheaters method.
Like I did.
Yup, anything for an easy peasy life.
Ok, here we go - you start with two bags that have good drainage.
I actually bought these heavy duty potato bags from Gardeners Edge but you can use something different for sure. They just have to be large and sturdy and drain well. Potatoes don't like to sit in soggy soil.
Next you get your seed potatoes....and please don't use potatoes from the supermarket because you will have poor results. Supermarket potatoes are treated with something that makes them not sprout. And that's definitely not what we want here!
We want true seed potatoes.
I chose a variety called Pinto Gold because of the description:
Bred by the University of Maine, Pinto Gold is an excellent gourmet potato with red skin and splashy yellow eyes. The smooth, buttery-yellow flesh is delicious. Tubers are somewhat irregular and range from oval to fingerling shapes. Excellent yield and storage potential.
That last line really got to me - excellent yield and storage potential. If I'm only growing one variety of potato, I want it to be a real workhorse.
Basically, you line the bottom of the bag with about 3 inches of organic potting soil
Put the seed potatoes in the bag, about 8 inches apart, eyes pointing up.
You can see, most of my seed potatoes already had good sprouts happening by the time I got around to planting them. What can I say, I've been busy!
I ordered only one pound of potatoes - hopefully that one pound will yield many, many more.
I topped off the potatoes with about another two inches of soil and gave them some water. I'll feed them with organic liquid fertilizer at a later date, when I am feeding the veggie garden.
As the potato plants grow, I will continue to add soil to the bags, until the soil is about a foot deep or more.
When it comes time to harvest, the bags get dumped into a garden bed and the potatoes picked out.
I'll dump my bags in an area I need more soil so the soil gets reused. No doubt I'll need help carrying them by that point!
This method works for me - I save space in my tiny vegetable garden for other crops, and I don't have to deal with the clay, super dense, stone filled soil in my area.
You can read about this and 6 other ways to plant potatoes in this article.
Meanwhile, the bags will spend the summer on the patio next to my composters.
Hopefully the bear will leave them alone!