I'm just about to roll up my sleeves and get chitting but I figured I'd better review the results of my last potato planting. In August, between pounds of tomatoes and peppers, I debated getting my winter garden on. I had ordered potatoes but not figured out where I'd put them. All my allotted garden space was occupied - with tomatoes, summer squash, winter squash. What was a potato to do?
My dreams of chic burlap sacked potato towers were dashed by this post. So, instead, I gathered containers from through out the yard - large terra cotta pots left by the previous owner, 15 gallon black nursery pots from a few of the fruit trees I had planted in the spring, and a bushel basket that had been destined to corral books instead of apples or potatoes. I also requisitioned some chicken wire and stakes. I promptly prepped my potatoes - fingerlings because they are so good, expensive to buy and hard to find. Planted, covered with compost, and more compost, and more compost. (Seems like an awful lot of compost! What do you use to cover your taters?)
Several months later, I harvested.
The chicken wired potatoes fared the best. Followed by the black plastic pots, with terra cotta and bushel baskets (which truthfully weren't watered as much) bringing up the rear. Oddly enough, only my La Ratte fingerlings grew. The Ruby Crescent not so well!
This time, I've opted for La Ratte and a French fingerling. Fortunately, Mr. Green Bean gave me the second best Christmas gift ever - a potato condo. I'm hoping to hit the potato gold mine between the condo and using the chicken wired tower method again. Wish me luck!
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