Potato “Barrels”

Have you heard that you can grow potatoes in barrels? Some people use old tires stacked up but I wouldn’t use those. In MO, I used some big wooden boxes and the concept is the same. .throw in a little dirt, add potatoes, add more dirt as the potatoes grow and keep adding dirt til eventually, you’ll have a whole barrel full of potatoes.

Well . . I had a couple of bags of seed potatoes sitting around. I had bought them when I was waiting for the seeds I wanted . . just in case the ones I wanted didn’t come, I wanted to be sure I had something to plant.

Seed Potatoes

Seed Potatoes

They were already sprouted and early May was way too late to be planting potatoes but . . what did I have to lose? I was going to throw them out otherwise.

We have these compost bins and they mostly had just leaves in them so I dumped a bag of seed potatoes in each bin.

Compost Bin

Compost Bin

I added more leaves on top of the seed potatoes. Twice now, they’ve sprouted up through the top of the leaves and I’ve added more leaves. 

Potatoes Sprouting

Potatoes Sprouting

It may not result in any potatoes but . . you never know and it was fun to try it and see what happens.

Of course, I’ll post my final results here.

 

Goodbye Stumps

People do weird things. I guess some day someone will live here and will wonder about some of the things we did but . . the people who built our place had to clear the woods to make the driveways and build the buildings. They cut the trees and left the stumps. Some of the stumps are tall enough that they were just a nuisance. Some were short enough that my poor toes were always injured. 

I go out to let the chickens out just about daylight. I’m half asleep. Everything is brown . . brown dirt, brown leaves, brown snakes, brown spiders, brown stumps . . I know where every stump is located but still . . at least two mornings per week, I stub my toe on one of those stumps. Even if I don’t have on flip flops, I still about break my neck.

Grinding Stumps

Grinding Stumps

We’re always “gonna rent a stump grinder” but there’s just so many things to be done around here. The other day our neighbor had rented one and he was done and had more time left so he brought it over and Vince got rid of most of the stumps.

Goodbye Stumps

Goodbye Stumps

Any time someone was outside with me, I was saying “watch out for the stumps”.

Between our house and the neighbor’s house, we cut through the woods and there was a whole clump of stumps that we tried to avoid and ended up scraping up against a cedar tree so Vince ground down those stumps too and .. he whacked off half that cedar tree.

Some day . . we’re going to get everything done around here . . if we live to be 200 years old!

Sweet Potatoes

Several years ago, I was part of a food coop and we got all kinds of organic veggies. Some of the sweet potatoes sprouted and I planted them. I had never grown sweet potatoes but after what I thought was a sufficient amount of time, I began digging around and found nothing, despite vines that had taken over the entire garden. I pretty much forgot about them and when Vince started tilling up for the fall garden, there were sweet potatoes everywhere! We ended up with two laundry baskets full of sweet potatoes.

Last year I ordered sweet potato slips and the company was late sending them (only after I called did they finally ship them) and they didn’t do much.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

These had been sitting around way too long so I cut them up and planted them. Anywhere I could find a spot in the garden, I stuck in a sweet potato chunk. If they produce, there will be sweet potatoes everywhere because I have them so spread out in the garden.

I planted them a couple of days before the monsoon began so they may have rotted .. we’ll see.