Speaking of potatoes, today Belle and I more than 10 pounds of them. We got our order from Seed Savers Exchange last week. We went with German Butterball (40 starts) with hopes for storage, Yukon Gold (22) with hopes for flavor, Purple Viking (30) with hopes for beauty and Desiree (32) with hopes for yield.
Last year was our first year planting potatoes. We've learned a lot since then. Hopefully this year will be much better. This time we set the potato starts in the window for about a week to give the eyes a chance to warm up and begin to grow. We also planted our potatoes in the bottom of 5, 6 inch furrows that we'll fill in as the plants grow larger. It seems like the less labor-intensive approach than mounding, but with a similar, perhaps better result.
|6 furrows for potato starts in the "tramp" garden. Named for the trampoline above it.|
|5 or 6 inch furrow. We'll fill them in as the potato plants grow.|
|Our tramp garden soil after heavy amendments of chopped wood, green manures and compost.|
|Lat but not least, today C. James caught a great Brook Trout at the lake all by himself!|