Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Potato Box

We are growing two different potatoes in stacking cedar boxes.

Here is Patrick placing the 3rd of 4 levels on the potato box. Horseradish, seen in the foreground of this picture, is planted as a companion to the potatoes. This deters beetles and other insects.

The idea is, at the end of the season, you remove the boxes and
potatoes fall out with no digging.

As the potatoes grow up we are covering them with hay. The potatoes grow in the hay while being shaded from the sun by the boxes. We have Russian Comfrey planted in another bed. Once it is established we can harvest the Comfrey and mix it in with the hay. Comfrey breaks down quickly and provides nutrients for the potatoes.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

New Plants!

Bare root plants from Burgess.
We had to soak these for a day before putting them in the ground.

We planted the lemon and orange trees in pots on the back deck.

In the back right corner of the yard is the asparagus bed.
You can see our sunflowers coming up in this photo.

Here's Patrick planting the asparagus crowns.
It will be about 3 years until we get a good harvest.

Dara planting a Catawba grape vine behind the hop bed.

One of the kiwi vines.

Patrick planting hazelnuts a.k.a filberts.