Everything finally got dry enough that I could plant my potatoes. I think I sat on the potatoes for 2 weeks before I was able to get to the garden when it was still dry. It seemed during those 2 weeks that every time it was dry enough to plant, I had other commitments, and then it would rain. So it all worked out last week and the potatoes are now in the ground. I planted
baby spinach and lettuces, too. This weekend was spent trying to find places to plant my flower seeds – zinnias, mostly, and some marigolds, cosmos, a little cilantro, cockscomb and scarlet poppies. I’m finding that I am a compulsive seed buyer, and saver, and between the two, I have seeds enough for five acres while living on a 1/4 acre! I keep hinting to my very patient husband that maybe we could plant corn and okra and the rest of my flowers in the front yard. He hasn’t directly said no, so maybe…
I keep trying to get out to the garden to work, but the weather has cooperated only sporadically. I managed to plant some cabbage and onions a couple of weeks ago. So far so good, if they dont rot from all the rain and snow! I have my potatoes sliced and waiting for some dry weather to get them in the ground. This year I am planting All Blue, French Fingerling and Red Gold. The girls have already noticed the different colors these offer, so I am very excited about growing them.
Life is busy as usual. I am working very hard on a new community garden here in Claremore. We won some grants, but are still waiting for the actual money to appear! Once we get the financing we are on our way to a very beautiful and exciting gardening adventure. To learn more you can check out my other blog at www.bluestarrcommunitygarden.com. (And, no, starr is not mispelled. Here in Claremore it has two r`s in reference to a name.)
Pray for warm, sunny weather, so we can actually get our gardens planted. Happy Gardening!
Howdy folks! It has been a while since I posted anything. We have had a crazy few weeks what with our AC going ka-put and the girls and I having to stay at moms until it was fixed – gardening just kind of took a back seat! Thanks to my marvelous husband everything survived my absence because he watered it all for me and that is a big job!
Jason will post a video I took of my garden – it’s just a little tour where I introduce you to everything. Hope you enjoy it!
Today, July 1, I dug potatoes. It was so much fun! Even my girls got into it. Every time I stuck in the pitchfork it was like opening a box of surprises – never knowing exactly how many or how big the potatoes were going to be. I got everyone of the bushes dug except for the last one when it occurred to me to take pictures. Potatoes are definitely something I will plant again. One thing I learned is that the ground must be very soft or they stay too small. Add lots of compost to keep the soil soft and keep it moist but not wet.
Hope your gardening is going great!
March 11, 2009
Well, thanks to you (and you know who you are) I am now planting potatoes in one of my raised beds. I still know nothing about potatoes, but after reading a book and talking to some folks I think it should be really easy. The book called Growing Potatoes by Richard Bird and Alex Barker was very informative and helpful. My friend suggested digging a 4 inch trench to plant the potatoes in, then covering them with hay or straw (not dirt) and watch them grow. This method is nice because you can pull up the whole plant to check for readiness without having to dig up everything. I am going to plant the potatoes all the way around one raised bed and put tomatoes in the center. Again, supposed to be a good companion planting. I cut the potatoes with an eye on each section and placed on a tray to sit overnight and will plant them tomorrow.
UPDATE: !!!!!!!!!! – Hey! An addendum to above – I was so wrong! Tomatoes and potatoes do not like each other. I had it in my head wrong and reported it wrong to you. Sorry. I am not sure what I am going to put in the middle now. Any suggestions from you all would be welcome!