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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

june 9, 2009

John thinks my last post is a little too R-rated, so I'll get something new on here to push it out of the way.

Our weather this year has been incredible. Here it is June, and we haven't had to put up the swamp cooler yet. That's amazing. Normally we get a week of perfect spring temperatures before we're into the dead of summer with astonishing heat in the high nineties and even into the hundreds. But it's a dry heat! You know, like in Hell, with the brimstone and the pitchforks and the forked tails and the only thing on TV is Lawrence Welk.

Yesterday was a good cooking day. I made stroganoff with homemade noodles and Dutch oven bread, then we had company over for dessert and ate gingerbread pudding cake and homemade vanilla ice cream. I definitely have my mojo back, and I'm sorry about the swell-headedness, but there are so many things that I do halfway, and so few that I do really well that it's pretty freaky to lose my ability to read and follow basic instructions, with a flair for limited improvisation.

I've heard that it's really difficult to raise potatoes in our town--that they do all right the first year, but thereafter the nematodes are so bad that you lose them all. What some neighbors of ours do (and what I'm going to try next year) is put the seed potato at the bottom of a five gallon bucket (I assume with drainage holes drilled), and as the potato sprouts, they keep mounding dirt over it until the sprout reaches the top of the bucket, then let the plant grow. Then the whole bucket fills up with potatoes, and no nematodes. I'm not sure about the particulars--I'll have to ask them. I think that is the coolest idea.

5 comments:

All8 said...

Glad you have your MOJO back, nothing can be more disconcerting than loosing it.

I've done something similar with our potatoes. I made a column with chicken wire and then wrapped it with burlap. Placed the potatoes on the ground and as they grew filled the tube up with finished compost and dried cut grass. You could use your ruined hay for it. The cons for me were making the columns because the cut wire was out to get me and then sewing the burlap to them! We also had our regular dry/humid summer and in some of the columns I had just used the grass, so I had to water often. Then there was storage of all those cages.... Great thing was when the season was over, I just pulled up the "cage" and all of the potatoes fell out, relatively nice and clean. I read about it in a potato catalog a long time ago. Let me see if I can find them.

All8 said...

Here it is, http://www.gardencityseeds.net/ Look under, growers guide - growing potatoes - at the bottom of the page it talks about caging your potatoes. Although their page on how to grow 100lbs of potatoes in 4 square feet looks similar and quite interesting.

Good luck!

All8 said...

Check out their recommend varieties for this kind of planting method.

Layne said...

Thank you! I'm excited to try this.

Matt & Emily said...

Glad you've got your mojo back!