The Charmed Garden

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For the love of Potatoes

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Potato Virgin.

I love potatoes. I love them in any form.  You know that game, if you were stuck on a deserted Island and could only have three foods, what would they be? Mine – Potatoes, dark chocolate and tea. The first on my list is potatoes. So the fact that this is my first time growing potatoes is a surprise to anyone who knows me.  My Irish ancestors are whispering in my ear saying , “Well it’s about time.” I think I thought I might ruin them and then my heart would be broken.

As I don’t have any room left in my small(ish) garden, I opted to grow them in sacks. I ordered sacks from amazon that have little flaps built in to the sides so I can harvest from the bottom without disturbing the top.  As you can see from this picture, I think the sacks are too short.  Only time will tell.  The instructions for harvest is two weeks after the green tops have died, which I understand won’t be until September.  If anyone has tried this sack method and can share, please do so. I’ve heard from some friends that they know someone who knows someone who grew the potatoes in stacked tires.  That doesn’t sound tasty to me. But, I’d like to hear from anyone who has tried that method.

Sack Potatoes - too big for their bed

Sack Potatoes – too big for their bed

Stay tuned for the big reveal – will they be a mess or will they bedelicious?  Only time will tell.

Author: Laurine M. Byrne

I received my certification as a Landscape Designer from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and I received my horticulture education through classes at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois and through the master gardener program at Univ of Illinois Extension. In my designs, I love mixing veggies and herbs with native perennials and flowering bushes as you can see from the pictures of my own yard. I love creating gardens for people who like to garden, not just installing traditional landscaping, but actually creating gardens that the homeowner connects to personally. I love that my clients who thought they couldn't grow anything now have green thumbs, because all it takes is the right plant in the right site. And I really love that my clients become my friends in the process of creating their gardens.

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