Saturday, May 24, 2008

Different approach

During my week of random photos I posted this picture.

And here is the content of these two wooden lobster crates that Dave and I found while beachcombing. Yup, potatoes. This is a different way of planting potatoes. As the plants grow taller (which I hope they will lol) we'll have to add more soil and eventually add another tw0 wooden boxes on top of these two. Some people plant this way in tires but I did'nt want the chemicals that are in tires to go in the soil... hence the wooden boxes. A co-worker told me that she went up to 6 tires last year.


I think a ''potato unveiling celebration'' is in order come September. The celebration food could be dishes entirely potato related.

I'll keep you posted on the spuds !!!!!

6 comments:

Colleen said...

I love the wooden boxes planters. Can you explain why you will be adding soil as they grow bigger? I ask because it is the first year that we grow potatoes here and I could use any helpful hints that you can give me.
:-)

Barb said...

This is an interesting way to garden. Why do you keep stacking the boxes higher? Is it to act as a support for the potato plants?

Vickie LeBlanc said...

Colleen - check out Stephanie's blog
http://stkappleto.blogspot.com/ she has a pretty good description with her tires. As the plants grow taller you add soil (and eventually another wooden box to hold the extra soil) because, if everything goes as planned, you should get potatoes all along the stem (roots form on the stem) so the higher the stem the more potatoes you should get.

Vickie LeBlanc said...

Barb - check out my reply to Colleen. That should give you a fair enough explanation. I hope we get at least one meal of nice, dry potatoes.

Sebrina said...

I wish I had the space to have a veggie garden.. one day!

Vickie LeBlanc said...

Sebrina - one day you will. Even container gardening can be rewarding.