This was an early day for me- I wanted to get everything in so I’d have some time to see what took.
Not that I’ll know if the potatoes are duds in a day- more like several weeks to know if they’ll sprout or not.
The cauliflower are a different story.
These were the sets I bought yesterday- just your garden variety 6 pack, except that several of the cells held doubles. That’s always a problem as you have a choice- do you separate them to get more potential plants? Do you just kill the weakest and plant only 6? Or do you not separate them and get stunted plants?
I opted to separate them for maximum cauliflower. Which may not have worked out so great.
Some of them are really perky!
Some of them are runty and wilty. It’s only been half a day since I planted them- I won’t know for a few days who will live and who will die.
But I decided to take out an insurance policy.
A while ago I ordered these great terra-cotta watering spikes. The idea is that you put a bunch of water in a wine bottle and stick the spike on top. Then you invert it and stick it deep in the soil. As the soil dries out it draws the water from the bottle out of the permeable terra-cotta.
Since we’ve had so much sun and warmth the bed I just planted might get dry so I put the first wine-spike there first.
Maybe it will rejuvenate those wilting cauliflower.
Maybe I’ll need to buy more cauliflower sets next week.
Sorry got morbid there for a minute. On to the potatoes!
These are fancy actual seed potatoes- as opposed to my home ripened store bought taters that I used in my last two bags. “Russian banana” is the type. Look. I really don’t care about type when it comes to spuds. Is it a potato? Great! I’ll eat it. But supposedly these are real tasty so I’ll give them a shot.
Whoever put the potatoes in the box made a mistake however as there were not 6 seed potatoes but 8!
My mother had to physically restrain me from ordering two more potato bags.
Apparently 10 total potato bags is too much.
Her very smart idea was to double up the seed potatoes in two of the bags to take advantage of their small size.
Planting potatoes in bags is easy. You put a little dirt in your bag, that you roll down to a third of its complete height- put your seed potato in- then cover it with about an inch of more dirt.
Then you water.
Then you wait.
Bam! 6 more potato bags!
Here’s one of the old ones growing strong. Once this plant gets taller I’ll pour more dirt in to cover all but the top-most leaves. All the covered leaves will become potatoes!
God I love potatoes.