Week Five Down
I did laundry this weekend and have started to cull some outfits that Baby Sister no longer fits into. And while I was feeding her this afternoon, it occurred to me that she's losing that "new baby" look!
Ah well, she's not that big--yet!
And as such, I ditched her for half an hour with Dr. Mad Scientist and Chunky and I ran up to the corner garden store (I just wasn't in the mood to deal with Home Despot!) for some more dirt.
I recycle my dirt year to year and mix it with fresh compost every spring but this year I wanted to go bigger and better with my pot potatoes.
Now, you could go out and spend a fortune on a giant pot to plant your potatoes in at your local corner home and garden store or your big box store like Home Despot, but why?
In the home storage section of your local anti-union-Chinese-slavery-manufactured-goods-small-business-killing store you may be able to find something like this:
This is some kind of storage tub one is supposed to use around the home. Maybe for toys in a kids' room? I don't know. All I know is when I saw it, it screamed: GIANT PLANTER!
And for a bargain price of $6 I picked it up. (Shockingly it was made in the USA, so I'm only being anti-union and anti-small business when I bought it.)
I brought it home, and with an old steak knife that I heated over an open flame (be careful with this!) I cut drainage holes in the bottom of the "planter."
And then I took my seed potatoes that are the fifth generation from the grocery store potato I planted back in 2007 (we've been in Jersey too long!) and planted them in a few inches of dirt at the bottom of the planter.
The plan is every weekend I will add a new layer of dirt/compost to the potatoes. When you do this "stacking" method covering the potato plant as it springs up (or the creepy alien tendrils in my case) it will encourage more potato growth.
And if it doesn't produce a lot of potatoes--well then I'm out $6 and a bag of dirt that I'll use again next year!