I was afraid to see the results. I knew I had all this rain that occurred in the recent weeks. My squashes were dead. My tomatoes caught diseases. My cucumbers leaves were turning colors and I knew the disease had hit them. My melons were on their way as well. I was dreading dumping my bags of potatoes to see the results. I have to say that I was disappointed in the results. Next year I will have to make some changes in my garden to handle the challenges I occurred this year. Per the newscaster, we got over a foot a rain here for Central Arkansas and is still counting.
Here are the before pictures.
I honestly didn't know what to think about this. On the right, I was just like....this can't be! I kept digging and digging in the bag. I dumped it out until I had no more to dump out. I was in total shock. On the right, some were split from all the rain we had. I had to throw them out. I had only two left.
These did not come to full size at all. As you can see I put a quarter up to them so you guys can see how big the potatoes got. I ate some the other day. They were pretty good. I sauteed them and seasoned them really well. Even baby girl ate them. I only wish they had come to regular size potatoes. I will put some of these in some stew or even put them with some roast. Potatoes and carrots are always great with a roast.
This is all the potatoes I got from my garbage bag of potatoes. This was my very first year growing pototoes. We will see how next year ends up. Hopefully not a lot of rain.
These pictures were taken on 5.19.14. I really hope that I get some potatoes. It has been seen that there were lots of flowers but hardly any potatoes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I wanted to share the process of what my garden looked like before the growth of the vegetables. There is a lot of work that goes into gardening. I had to get the soil ready and I also recycled my water jugs as a way to get water to the roots of the plants.
Here is my garden as of 03-10-2014
This is the garden as of 4-16-2014
I used many 18 gallon storage bins to grow tomatoes in. I wanted to be able to control disease. Heirlooms are more susceptible of getting disease. Planting the plants this ways keeps it at bay. Some are self watering and other just have plastic bottles buried near the roots so the plants can get it's water. It's more of an experiment. I want to see if self watering is better.
I went around the house to see what was taking up space. I found some old water coolers. I used those to plant peppers.
I used trash bags to grow my potatoes in. I was on a budget and figured that this might work. We will see at the end of the growing season.
This is what my garden looks like as of 5-21-14
Your probably wondering "why did she do that". Well.... I got to thinking. Tomatoes become top heavy when they start producing fruit. I tried many things but this seemed more efficient. We will see in the next coming weeks.
This will be my second year using these root pouches. The first year, I did not have good luck with these. When I watered the plants, the water would seep out on the sides and the plants were not getting enough water. The plants last year only produced one or two tomatoes at most. This year, I had to be smart about how the plants would get their water. I lined these root pouches with plastic black trash bags. Put holes in them and then filled it with dirt. The plants are doing way much better and now they have tons of flowers on them. We will see if I will be able to get a good yield from these root pouches.
I truly hope that I have inspired you to grow some food no matter the space.
It looks like the azomite and the pellets do make a difference when it is added to the compost. Just amazing! It does make a difference. I used the phosphate because potatoes loves phosphorous.
Left bag contents:
Organic rock phosphate
Right bag contents:
Organic rock phosphate
Here are some more pictures!
I will keep you all updated!
Does It Really Make A Difference?
I have decided to do a test on my potato plants. I planted them the same day and used the same exact potatoes about 2 weeks ago. I am really surprised by the results so far.
Left side has azomite, pellets and organic phosphorus.
Right side only has organic phosphorus feed.
So far the left side is doing really well. I will keep you guys updated.
The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands dirty.