Sunday, January 8, 2012

Expectations and disappointments

Back in August we decided to try another way of growing potatoes based on the "potato factory" idea that I found on the web. Superman built these planters and the idea is to keep adding slats to the frame as the plants grow. It is a similar idea to growing potatoes in tyres.

Yesterday we decided that the plants were dead enough to dig out the bottom spuds. Potatoes are generally ready to harvest when the growing stems have died, wilted and gone brown which takes 3 - 4 months.

So we removed the bottom slats....

Started to dig out the compost/soil (which was used as mulch elsewhere in the garden)...

Potato Dog got involved....

And there was promise, expectations, excitement....

Then disappointment :( as more than half of the spuds we soggy and rotten due to my over eager watering. We have only about 20 spuds that made it, the rest had to be thrown away.

Well, we have chosen to think like Thomas Edison and chalk it down to experience and the learning curve is not actually about counting your chickens before they hatch, but rather that we need to be a little more neglectful ;-)

3 comments:

Energiser Bunny said...

The joys of gardening!! I've done tyres the year before last, wires cages last year and heaping them up with the last crop, and ironically, they all gave us about the same number of potatoes. But experimenting is all part of it I guess. I'm so sorry you don't have more potatoes and if I still lived in SA, I'd give you some of mine....

Linnie said...

Eish, Wendy, thank you for your encouragement, although you had disappointment. Last week I had to pull out all my Zucchini and squish, (after not a very big harvest) and I don't think my butternuts is going to make it either!
Will keep learning!

Wendy said...

Yes it is a learning curve having a garden! At least we still have the potatoes that we planted in the ground. Our squash has now got Mildew So we too will have to pull it out and the squirrels are eating out corn!