Potatoes, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, radishes, bell peppers. And, if I’m not a dumb-ass tomorrow, some jalapeños as well. That’s what’s in the garden this year. Things are looking pretty good, though!
Unfortunately, though, there was some natural selection that happened. One of my basil plants died and most of my slicing cucumbers haven’t come up.
Pictures (taken with my Samsung Captivate Android smart phone) after the jump
Today’s goal is to develop a plan to grow somewhere around 60 – 80 pounds of potatoes in a staged or staggered harvest.
The idea is to start three or four groups of potatoes with a week or two between each, so that they have a chance to mature in sequence and we don’t get a too-large harvest all at one time. Since the spuds can take a lot of space, I won’t be planting them in the prepared beds, but rather in some sort of potato tower or (new) trash barrel container.
At this time, I’m thinking that I’ll be doing three or four stages of growing, so I’ll need at least the same amount of barrels or towers.
With my unemployment, I have to be able to provide SOMETHING for my family. Kristen decided (with some input and acquiescence from me, since use has great logical reasons) that I should renew our garden beds and make them work for us this year.
Thanks to Pinterest I have quite a bit of inspiration and some guidance to fall back upon. Also, I discovered a neat website that helps you plan planting times based on your ZIP code! Sprout Robot tells me that I am not, in fact, behind on my planting despite what the weather may be seeming to tell me. I just wish that it had more information on a greater variety of herbs.
What I did accomplish so far was planting two little pots of kitchen herbs that Kristen uses a lot: Chives, rosemary, and oregano are growing on either side of our front step, as seen here:
When we first moved in here, we put in a couple of raised garden beds with the best of intentions. However, we were overwhelmed with “life” plus the garden, and it quickly got neglected, even after we had too many cucumbers to spare. We left them fallow for a couple of years, but with the current state of our household economy (and my copious amount of spare time) the conclusion was reached that I need to put my “farmer” hat on and grow some food. That will have the added benefit of giving us the opportunity to save money at the grocery store on some staples of our veg intake. We likes our potatoes, yo!
SWMBO says that I should grow some little red potatoes, since she hates the purple ones. I just hope that I can get the potato tower built without killing myself. The directions *say* that it should easily generate 24 pounds of potatoes by season end.
That’s all I have for today. I’m headed out to weed her flower garden and see if the lavender that she planted last year has survived the winter.
Wish me luck!