Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Potato Planting Pictures

All the taters in a row....

About 3 weeks ago, we got our potatoes in the ground after some nice warm weather. Our wonderful neighbors let us have several truckloads of horse manure which we spread out over the Lakeside Garden plot. Some of it was not composted, so we let it sit on top and burn for a few weeks. Then Sean used the tiller and created these long rows that we planted in.

We had gotten the hoops that you see in the pictures, and fabric to cover the ground for cold weather, but it turns out we've not had to use them at all. We've had weather in the 70s to 80s consistently now for a few weeks. Go figure - oh well, we will probably use them for winter gardening then!
We've planted All Red, All Blue, Carola, German Butterball and Yellow Fin potatoes. We planted them in offset rows with a thin layer of dirt on top and then added about 6 inches of straw. As the potatoes start to come up, we will hill the soil around the plants.

Between then and now, we've also planted corn, beans and squash between the two sides of potatoes. Oh, and I'm planting some cotton as well. Just for fun and to see how it grows and how hard it is (so I've heard) to harvest it.

We are very excited about the start of our garden this year. I'll have more updates from the House Garden soon! :-) Happy Gardening and I hope your gardens are taking off as well!


Lisa said...

I would love to plant cotton!! You have some garden there!

Unknown said...

Martha Stewart gardening is nothing compared to your style. Very nice! Fun to follow! Thanks :-).

YD, sometimes with ♥June and ♥Angel Samantha said...

Nice! Can't wait to find out about those cotton!
Got my potatoes last week. Still can't plant them yet. I really need to get those hoop houses.

Mrs. JP said...

Wow, you've got a huge garden! Do you have a cellar to put the potatoes in? So, how many acres of tomato plants will you have? LOL I'm sorry, Lena, I had a mean streak there for a second. You'll be canning and freezing the prettiest and tastiest!! Hey, why couldn't you shred or chop and freeze the potatoes as well? We can buy them in the refrigerator section for hash browns.
Anyway, your place is lovely and now you've inspired me. I'm headed outside. :O)

Lisa said...

Just posted about you! Please tell me how you planted the cotton???

inadvertent farmer said...

What a simply lovely potato patch! Great job guys...Kim