Garden Update #1

5:31 PM

This post should probably read as a potato tower fail.  I saw this wonderful potato tower on pintrest and thought how easy it would be to build.  And grow so many more potatoes than I have in the past. I couldn't have been more wrong.  The first tower I built out of old chicken wire was huge.  I had to buy a couple of bags of dirt and compost to mix in with my existing dirt and compost.  And the chicken wire holes were too big so once I cut out the holes for the potatoes to grow out of none of the dirt stayed in.  

So I built a smaller potato tower and used smaller holed chicken wire.  I transferred the dirt and had  the same problem.  Once I cut small holes to plant the potatoes in all the dirt came tumbling out.  
So, I went back to my old standby...the grow bag from Gardeners Supply Company.  My potatoes are growing gangbusters.  We'll see if I actually get any potatoes when I dig them up!

We've got these wonderful planter boxes that border out backyard patio.  A couple of years ago I decided to fill them with strawberries.  So far we've not had good luck.  Last spring they were all frozen from a late spring frost (even with a thick layer of protective mulch).  I replanted last spring and three plants made it through this past winter.  My parents dug up some of their runner plants and we have, once again, filled our planter boxes.  The only detriment to getting strawberries this year will be a certain three year old named Corrine.  

 This is Corrine's cutting garden.  It's on the edge by her playhouse and she waters it and I'm hoping she'll be able to cut some flowers soon because she certainly likes to pick them and bring them in.  Not that there's anything wrong with that!

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  1. I do like the cutting garden (and the garden gnome of course). Glad that the grow bag is reaping rewards. Sometimes we just gotta go back to what works :)

  2. I love how your daughter has her own patch!! Oh the little things that add up. Sorry your tower didn't work.

  3. when we did potatoes in a tower we lined it with straw first then filled it in with dirt. it worked really well!

  4. i've never heard of a potato tower!!?? I grew some a couple years ago in one of those grow bags and did have luck! I wonder why I didn't do it this year? oops! That flower box border around your patio is that idea!!!


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