Sunday, June 29, 2008

Potatoes!


I planted potatoes in black nursery pots some time ago...Yukon Gold, Fingerling and Colorado Rose. I've got four pots plus some plants in the ground due to buying too many seed potatoes. The pots haven't all looked that great and yesterday I decided to plant some of my basil starts in the one that looked least like anything was growing there. I thought I should fluff up the soil and reuse it since it seemed fairly unused. Look what I found! A nice handful of fingerlings! Now I'm hoping for even better results in the pots that actually look like there are plants growing in them. I am so excited! I've never grown potatoes before but it's been a snap so far...now I just need to be patient and not decide to reuse any of the other pots until the potatoes are done!

7 comments:

Gina said...

leslie - my garbage can potatoes are a bust. i'm so jealous of yours!

Annie in Austin said...

Congratulations, Leslie- you got an actual crop! Looks like a gourmet side dish to me.
I've heard that the top dies down when the potatoes are formed so maybe the other pots will signal you, too.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Garden Grrrl said...

Just wait till you taste them. Store bought potatoes don't compare to freshly dug baby potatoes. Yum! I have always had better luck in the ground than in pots, but it doesn't take much growing to produce at least a few little potatoes.

Connie said...

Looks like dinner to me. Nice job!

Sarahliz said...

Awesome! What size pot did you use? I'm contemplating potatoes in containers for next year because turning over a container is so much easier than dealing with digging potatoes from the ground.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Ooooh... yum! :) All of those in a container, eh? Hmm... that gives me ideas!

Leslie said...

Gina..I think I got lucky because they were planted too late last year but they overwintered and did well.
Hi Annie...I'm planning to check soon...I wanted to give them time to get a bit bigger if possible!
Garden Grrrl...I put a few in the ground too so I'll be able to check that out soon...and the first ones were yummy!
Connie...isn't it fun to try something new?
Sarahliz and Kim...I don't remember where I read about potatoes in containers...on a blog a year or more ago...but I used black nursery pots about 20" wide, some 20" tall and some about 30" tall. The idea is that they are easier to find than all over in the ground and given my space constraints I thought it was worth a gamble. I think my technique needs a little finetuning but it seems to be workable!