It is just so cool to be able to grow our own food in our own garden! This is the first time in my life that I’m actually doing this. I grew up in NYC, always lived in an apartment, and by the time my folks bought a home of their own and were able to do their own gardening, I had long since moved out.
For a long time container gardening was what we did to satisfy our need to grow our own food. It worked, and it had it’s own challenges:
- Finding the right plant varieties that grow well in pots,
- setting a strict schedule of continuous watering and fertilizing,
- getting the best bagged soil possible
Those were our concerns back then.
Now, with land to grow food on, we’re facing new agricultural challenges:
- building the soil we have into grow worthy soil for the plants we want to grow.
- making a schedule for crop rotation, so that we don’t incur soil borne plant diseases
- dealing with animal invaders who like to eat what we grow
- taking measures to keep the soil in good shape for years to come
Serious stuff aside, it’s really fun, and there isn’t a day that I don’t take a walk in the garden and bask in the glory of growing!
We’re growing blue potatoes, courtesy of Territorial Seed Company. I hear that 2 lbs. of seed potatoes yields 20 lbs., so we should be good for the autumn. The potatoes took up nearly the entire bed, so we made a new bed on the other side of the yard for tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. We had rhubarb planted, but it got attacked at the peak of it’s growth by an unknown creature (a rabbit or squirrel probably), and it didn’t make it after that. Lately we’ve had a problem with creatures eating our starter crop of strawberries, so we decided not to take any more crop damage, and installed some bamboo tepees and trellises. Onto those we added tree netting. That should do the trick!
We staggered the planting of the potato crop. Potatoes are very easy to grow, and because the part we eat grows underground, they don’t get bothered by animals. The drawback is that they’re susceptible to a variety of plant diseases, so when we saw one of the youngest ones from our last planting not doing well, we immediately pulled it. It had made one solitary potato, which we roasted and it was absolutely delicious! If you’ve never had a home grown potato, you really should try growing some. They can be grown in containers easily. They’re miles above and beyond what you can buy from the store. The flavor and texture is amazing in comparison.
Well, that’s about it for now. My next post will be an update of progress on our kitchen renovation, which is coming along, slowly but surely.
Take care, and thanks for reading 🙂