This weekend it was finally time to plant some potatoes. Okay, I know I am a little past due on this, but it is the first time I have had the free time to plant some potatoes.
And, let's do it the unusual way.
My little buddy went to the barn with me to gather some straw. She checks the area for mice.....thank goodness.
For this project I gathered one bale of straw, some potting soil, potatoes, and two wire cages. I collected these cages a few hears ago while we were renovating an old building in Smalltownland. After using them for various purposes, they will now be the house for my potato towers.
Some people use laundry baskets and cages made of chicken wire. Many things will work for this purpose.
First, make a nest of straw in the bottom of your cage. Build up a little straw on the sides.
Place some soil in the bottom and then your potatoes. You can tell how behind I am with activity....my potatoes have sprouted.
Cover the potatoes with some more soil, then another layer of straw, building a bit of it up the sides. Red potatoes went on the bottom layer and two more layers made this cage, with Yukon Golds finishing the construction.
Straw on the top and a good dose of water was the finishing touch.
Does this growing method work? I have read about success and failures, so it remains to be seen. My little buddy stuck with me the whole time. At the time of this blog post, she is covered in manure and awaiting a bath.
"Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just peeling the potatoes."