Potatoes, Lettuce, and Broccoli

My 2013 garden is 90% planted now and I adore it. Adore it, I tell you. I’m going to try to track its progress on here, but I’ll only post about a few things at a time.

This year I’m trying potatoes! I probably shouldn’t even admit how excited I am about this, but the mere fact that I feel the need to blog about my garden probably outs me to some extent…

I’m trying out three methods, hopefully one, if not all, are successful and I can start growing them every year. I have red, white, and Yukon gold. The Yukon gold is so far the poorest performer in who actually came out of the ground to join the party.

 

 

This is the traditional (mostly), in the ground and hilled up potato plot. This mess is in the back, and if I’m being honest, I am kind of neglecting the hilling bit more than I should.

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This is the current fad in potato growing, the oh-so-popular grow bag. I really didn’t foresee the mess they make. I need to get them off my porch (the place said bag is supposed to be perfect for.) I have done “hilling” in this as well. Also known as filling up the bag as the plant grows.

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And last but not least, my great hope in the potato race: Square foot gardening potatoes. I contacted someone else that throws them in the bottom of her raised bed, no hilling required, and gets a great harvest every year. Oh please, oh please work for me. That’s all I do for my sweet potatoes and I’d love an equally easy potato harvest.

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Last year I couldn’t for the life of me get my lettuce going. This year I had a few casualties, but for the most part? Boom. More lettuce than I can use- it’s everywhere.

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My broccoli did really well earlier this winter. I was surprised because I couldn’t get it started last year in the house. Turns out I still can’t get it started in the house. I can only grow broccoli outside.  Underneath that little plant are some broccoli volunteers (unintentional seeding from previous plant). I always feel terrible guilty ripping out the volunteers, but I’m not sure there’s enough time for them to mature before it gets too hot.

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