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Growing & harvesting potatoes

21 Oct

Last month I wrote about preparing our winter garden. At the time, I knew I would soon need to harvest potatoes, as the potato plant was beginning to yellow and die:

When most plants start yellowing in our garden, it’s very sad and I try to figure out how to save them. But when potato plants turn yellow, I get very excited and watch eagerly as the plants start to die. A couple of weekends ago, the plants looked terrible and were very close to being entirely dead. Since there was a break in the rain, I decided to harvest. Continue reading

Balcony garden harvest

18 Mar

It’s been a while since I’ve written an update on my balcony garden, and a lot has changed since the last update. The sad news is that most of the veggies we were growing didn’t do so well this winter. The lack of direct sunlight really stunted their growth. All of them are still healthy, but tiny. So last weekend we transported the spinach, cauliflower, chard, beets, and kale to our bigger garden in Berkeley. They’ll do much better there in the direct sun and we should have a nice spring harvest.

But one experiment did succeed – potatoes. Several months ago, we halved some old potatoes that were sprouting and put them in dirt in a deep bucket. They grew very quickly and the plants were beautiful, but when I dug around a couple months back, I sadly found no potatoes. Well, yesterday my girlfriend decided to check again, and this is what she found:

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And here are the potatoes with a thumb tack so you can see just how small some of them are:

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Not a huge harvest but well worth the minimal effort. We plan to get a few more large buckets and plant more potatoes soon.

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Monday Morning Distractions – Balcony Garden Update

8 Dec

The summer’s over, but we’re still keeping up with our balcony garden, with a whole new set of winter crops. Here’s what we’re growing now:

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The spinach that we planted back in September finally looks like spinach.

We just picked up some starter beets, and they're already fitting in quite nicely.

We just picked up some starter beets, and they're already fitting in quite nicely.

We also got a bunch of chard. I can't wait to make salads with baby chard, beet greens, and spinach.

We also got a bunch of chard. I can't wait to make salads with baby chard, beet greens, and spinach.

I couldn't resist buying this purple cauliflower plant from the woman who sells plants at the Temescal Farmers Market. Mmm, purple cauliflower soup.

I couldn't resist buying this purple cauliflower plant from the woman who sells plants at the Temescal Farmers Market. Mmm, purple cauliflower soup.

Don't have a green thumb? Don't worry. Anybody can grow potatoes. Just half some old potatoes, stick them in dirt, and water them once in a while. A few weeks later, this is what they'll look like.

Don't have a green thumb? Don't worry. Anybody can grow potatoes. Just half some old potatoes, stick them in dirt, and water them once in a while. A few weeks later, this is what they'll look like.

The only plant left over from this summer is our pepper plant, which I was convinced was never going to produce any peppers. Well, in early November this pepper appeared. Not sure yet what I'll do with a single sweet pepper.

The only plant left over from this summer is our pepper plant, which I was convinced was never going to produce any peppers. Well, in early November this pepper appeared. Not sure yet what I'll do with a single sweet pepper.

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