I spent a lot of time in the garden this weekend, tending to some end of season plants. I wrote about the amount of food I have produced in the garden in my post from March. Now is the time to plant some seeds for the winter, as well as a little more harvesting. The weekend days were warm and sunny, with the gusty Autumn wind preventing me from a couple of projects. This was the perfect time to work on the garden.
I removed the last of my corn stalks, feeding them to the chickens and rabbits. They all seemed to enjoy eating them. I then proceeded to plant in green manure into the ground, to improve the soil. This only worked for a couple of hours, until some roaming chickens scratched the seeds from the ground. I haven’t bothered about their roaming before now, as they have done no damage but for eating some strawberries and blueberries. Now that they are disturbing my work I will have to think about a solution.
In one section of the garden I noticed the edge of a potato peeking from the ground, which reminded me that I had thrown couple in these (or three to be exact) into the ground when I planted out some excess seeds (seeds that had expired). I dug around and removed all the potato from these and I was pleasantly surprised at the amount I harvested. I gathered a large basket full of delicious, home grown potatoes.
I then wondered how the potatoes I planted in my raised bed fared, so I took a trowel to them. Once again, I was surprised at the result, yet not for the same reason as last time. This time, after harvesting three potato plants I gathered three potatoes.
- One had one potato
- One had no potatoes, and
- One had two potatoes.
As you can see, this is a poor excuse for a Potato plant. I hope some of my other plants have more to offer. I have mentioned this before, yet I will do it again… the two tomato appearing fruit at the right side are Potato seeds. I have been told they are highly poisonous. While they look like tomatoes, they are not… so do not eat them.