Monday, October 31, 2011
Potato sack race
A fortnight a go I posted the question of whether ordinary spuds (the ones you eat) could be used as seed potatoes. I got some great answers so a big thank you to all that commented. However I needn't have asked the question as my garden had already provided the answer. Remember this potato plant?
I had said "This little potato has really taken off considering it was only planted 7 days ago." I discovered however that this potato was not as quick as I had first thought. It happens not to be one of the ones I had planted. Turns out the chickens have been doing some planting of their own. Our disused spuds from the kitchen are thrown in with the chooks along with most other organic scraps. With all their scratching and digging they buried them and just look...
We, as in the humans of the home, didn't plant any of these. So far it looks like the spuds from our local organic store make good seed potatoes. The tip from Linda Woodrow was they have to be organic i.e. not sprayed with growth retardant. Yuck! If you didn't read Linda's comment read this.
Not wanting the chickens hard work to go to waste but not wanting to give away any more bed space to chips and mash, we dug these all up and following the suggestion by Mrs Bok we potted them up in old chook feed bags. Each member of the family did one bag and now the great potato sack race is on.
The idea behind growing spuds in a sack is that as they develop you can keep rolling the sides up and topping up with soil. Apparently easier to harvest and ensures you get every last one. Another advantage is that when ready you just tip the soil out and the spuds are already bagged. Now how good's that ;-) Jokes aside, if someone does know how to do that please do tell because that would be way cool.
Have you got a sack racing story?