- Posted June 7, 2012 by
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From garden to table
Mountain of potatoes - update
It's been about six weeks since I've undertaken the feat of growing a mountain of potatoes from a molehill of space. As I reported previously, this was a new endeavor, both in terms of growing potatoes and of growing them in a garbage can.
So here's the update. We had record heat, so I made sure that the plants received ample water. But I also knew that if I added too much water, I will risk rotting out the growing tubers that lay below the soil's surface.
I'm also keeping an eye out for fauna that might want to share in my bounty. I have noticed that some of the leaves have been chewed on, but only one or two. I haven't spotted the culprit. Hopefully the culprit didn't tell his friends and relatives that there's a potato leaf buffet that just opened up nearby. Overall, it doesn't appear to have harmed the plants.
As a result of the rapid growth, I've had to add dirt three times. Each time, the plants responded quickly by adding new growth through the added soil and up and out of the can.
So it's looking that my very first crop is going to be bountiful. In that short time, my experiment has gone from cut up potato pieces to a tall and vibrant group of plants. As a result, I'm pleased to report that there has been progress to the next stage. One of the plants has in impending blossom. One step closer to realizing that mountain of potatoes!