It has been a bust day on the Farm today: Church this morning, then LOTS of yard work this afternoon (and my first sunburn!) So, excuse the “lag” in this post, I am drugged up on benadryl!
We are prepping the house to give it a new coat of paint in a few weeks, and so Joel has been diligently working away at getting it pressure washed. This gave me ample opportunity to make piles of junk to get rid of or throw away that have been stacked outside the past TWO YEARS from the previous owners. And, thankfully I feel like we are finally getting somewhere! Working in the yard is hard work- and not something I much enjoy- but I always feel better once it is done. The garden is a different story, however. I LOVE being out there! It is such an uplifting space. I mean, think about it! You put seeds (or if your lazy, like me, plant starts) into the ground, a little water, some sunshine and Poof! YOU ARE GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD! Amazing. As of today our garden is all planted and contains: snap peas, cauliflower, pickling cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes, onions, carrots, radishes, lettuce, green beans, broccoli, oregano, basil, and rosemary. Whew!
This year we took a different route with our potato planting, trying to see if we would get a larger crop. (Last year we planted directly into our raised beds.) They took up a lot of space, and the crop was good, but not great. I came across this idea on Pinterest, and so, last weekend we put our plan into action:
We just started with about a 4-5 foot section of weld wire and created a loop. (Cut off the bottom row, so it would poke into the ground.)
Line the bottom with straw.
Line the wire with straw as well, then shovel dirt into the middle. Going into this I didn’t think the straw would line the wire well, and I figured it would be a chore to hold it and shovel. Not the case! The straw lined very easily and stayed right where I put it. (Very easily a one person job.)
Plant a few potatoes (eyes out!) into the dirt along the border to the straw. And, if the potatoes have more than one eyes, you can cut them in several pieces (one eye on each piece) and plant each separately.
We then lined more straw, and more dirt for a total of three levels of potato plants with two at each level. Woo hoo (12 plants in much less space!)
I will keep you updated on the Potato Progress!