These organic potatoes sprouted on our counter, there are two varieties here, Russet, and waxy red. Home grown potatoes are delicious, easy to grow, and harvesting them is so much fun. The first thing I do is cut them apart to create more “seeds” so that you get more plants growing. I cut them into big pieces, with one or two sprouts on each piece. Let them dry a bit and callous over, just overnight, so they don’t rot in the ground. These will get planted at the bottom of a 5 gallon fabric pot, with the sides rolled most of the way down, in organic potting soil. As the potato plants grow up and get leggy, you need to “hill them up” or add more soil. This is where the soft sided fabric pots come in, because they allow you to keep hilling up the potato plants, unrolling the sides of the pot and adding more soil as the plants grow taller. You hill them up because the stems will turn into roots, and more potatoes will form along those new roots. I usually unroll the sides of the pot and hill the potatoes up 4 or 5 times in the course of a 2 to 3 month growing season. I add a thick layer of straw mulch on top to keep the sunlight from hitting the potatoes on the top layer. Sunlight is what turns potatoes green, and green potatoes are toxic. When the plants start to die back, you just dump the pot over and harvest your potatoes.
The last 2 pictures are potato plants growing in our garden and potatoes we harvested. Yum!
Little how to on using fabric pots to grow potatoes. I was really successful growing them this way too.
RED BLOODED SORREL: I super love on the dramatic gorgeousness of Perennial Red Veined Sorrel! The baby leaves are so perfect in a salad or any leafy green sauté. Plus easy, tough and gorgeous is a great combo in the garden. It will be plentiful today at the South Pasadena Farmers market! ;). See you there!
I can’t image life without chickens. Which is an odd thing for me to say because chickens and I aren’t exactly old friends. These animals came into my life for the first time just a few years ago, but ever since the first flock scratched outside my kitchen window — it felt like they’ve always been here. Maybe in a way they have? Not physically of course, but in this odd form of our collective American nostalgia. [Keep reading….]
Great visit at the Eagle Rock Community Garden. Their garden is looking beautiful. Some good advice was shared to keep in mind for the South Pasadena Community Garden. Always inspiring to see people working together to grow food and a community!
This weekend I hosted another swap for South Pasadena Homegrown Exchange. It was a beautiful evening picnic swap at Arlington Garden. I will follow up with another post with more details and photos. Tonight I made short rib tacos and topped them with this salsa made from garden tomatoes and chilies from the swap. The tomatoes were so sweet everyone thought I added sugar to it! I love that even though I can’t grow tomatoes in my yard I still get to enjoy these beautiful homegrown treasures. Thank you SPHE members!