Thursday, May 17, 2012
Okay, so the "Great Potato Experiment of 2012" came from an article I read about growing potatoes in garbage cans. I just happened to acquire a couple of extras, so thought I'd give it a try. I planted two layers of potatoes in each can. At the end of next week, I'll be planting the next two layers of potatoes in the cans, then just keep adding dirt until the cans are full. At the end of the season, the potatoes near the bottom will be good sized for baking/boiling/what-have-you. The ones on the top will be seed potatoes for next year.
These are my Burbank Russets.
These are my Russian Blues.
I can't remember the name of these ones. I thought they were a failed experiment from last year. I was digging the dirt up in my half barrels to make it nice for my new strawberry plants, and found a dozen seed potatoes! So, they were planted in my planter box up against the house. Since something kept climbing in there and disturbing them, I put pieces of lattice and those web trays that you get from the garden centres across the top. Now that they're getting bigger, I can get rid of them soon. They were "German something" or "Something White" potatoes. Is there a "German White" heirloom variety? lol
So I was digging up the corn bed and found these little babies. I threw them away, but took a picture first cause I thought they were neat looking. Growing completely under the dirt, too.
My widow's tears - waiting to be moved into their permanent spot.
My antique irises from Hatley Castle. So beautiful.
So this morning the first poppy bud popped! I'll take some pictures tomorrow. I always forget what a startling shade of orange they are, so when they burst into bloom, I'm amazed all over again!
Talk to you tomorrow.