I picked up ten pounds of seed potato a few days ago. Half the lot is Kennebec and the other half is Red LaSoda. I took them out the paper sack and placed them flat in the green house. There they will sit for about a week before they get cut into pieces and planted in the garden. Last year I experimented growing potatoes in 5 gallon buckets but it was a bust. I’m blaming the crappy dirt used for that. This year I’m going to try using old tires and stacking them as the plant grow taller.

The feverfew has grown rapidly over the last few weeks with the warm weather that we have been having. Honestly, I really didn’t think it would survive the first freeze, but it’s been green this whole winter. I hope the camomile comes back. It died back last August, but it dropped a crap ton of seed.

The tulips are starting to poke their heads up. The daffodils by the front door are much taller.

20130129-210925.jpg Violets in bloom. They are about the only thing blooming right now except for some dandelions.

Comments 6

  1. misti wrote:

    The place we bought our potatoes mentioned the tire thing…I’ll be interested to see how it works!

    I bought some chamomile seeds this year, last year we bought a small plant and put it in at the community garden.

    Posted 30 Jan 2013 at 9:22 am
  2. Tracy Barr wrote:

    When I was a kid we used tires – never stacked them, but I suppose that would increase production. It works great because you can just un-stack the tires to get the potatoes instead of digging for them. I also read a post once about using tomato cages and placing the seed potatoes at the bottom, covering with straw, and adding straw as they got taller – no soil needed and the straw was easy to remove to get to the potatoes.

    Posted 30 Jan 2013 at 9:46 pm
  3. Little Brown wrote:

    Hey Ridley,
    Some red potatoes only set new potatoes once so deepening the dirt with those doesn’t increase the yield like with russets. You might want to check before you do a lot of extra work.

    Posted 31 Jan 2013 at 1:16 am
  4. Curtis wrote:

    I grew these Red LaSoda potatoes last year. They make more tubers the more you add dirt.

    Posted 31 Jan 2013 at 10:39 am
  5. misti wrote:

    Hey LB! Thanks for commenting—this was my brother’s post though, however we did buy some red potatoes to plant in a few weeks so I will check that out too!

    Posted 31 Jan 2013 at 9:17 am
  6. Donna wrote:

    Sounds good!!

    Posted 31 Jan 2013 at 1:59 pm

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