The weather has finally improved and I'm now in full catch-up mode. Not surprisingly, I'm already a bit achy from the past couple of days of bed prep and seeding. But it's a good kind of ache, so I'm not complaining 😁
At this point, the peas, turnips and beets are in. Say what??? Did I just say beets? If you've hung around my blog for a while, you know that I am a self-proclaimed beet hater - or, since I prefer not using the word hate when it comes to vegetables, let's just say that I dislike them. A lot.
So being a beet "disliker", why do I have them in my garden this year? Well, because I received a few packets of beet seeds from Botanical Interests, of course! Can't resist free seeds, even if they are for beets. It's also Year of the Beet so I consider it perfect timing for giving beets a chance to win me over.
|They look so pretty - I really hope my taste buds agree|
Yesterday, I also got around to planting the seed potatoes.
It was raining at this point, but hey...you gotta do what you gotta do
The harvest increased a lot from the prior year (52 lbs vs 30 lbs) but yield from the "proper" potato bed (33 lbs) was only slightly up since 19 lbs of the total harvest came from some unexpected volunteer potato plants in another bed - lucky for us!
Bulk of the Potato Harvest
Thankfully, only a small percentage of the potatoes sustained damage
Yukon Gold, Roko and Bintje seed potatoes
A gorgeous Roko potato, almost 7 months after harvest!
Seed Potato Purchase
I don't have an extra potato bed so I've decided to try growing the extras in containers. I figure that I will harvest the bed potatoes in the fall for storage, while the container grown taters will be harvested as new potatoes over the summer. That's the plan, anyhow.
I could only access one tub (the garage has not had its spring de-cluttering yet) so I had to improvised & decided to do some upcycling and use manure and peat moss bags:
Potatoes in various containers
Next week, I am off to the 10th Annual Garden Bloggers Fling being held in Austin, Texas. I'm uber excited because (1) I'll once again be spending time with so many wonderful blogging friends from all over North America and the UK and (2) I've never been to Texas!
It's full steam ahead trying to get things done before I leave, both in the garden (there are 3 trays of seedlings that need to get in the ground) and out of it (those tax returns aren't going to complete themselves). And, as much as I'm looking forward to going to the Fling, I'm also looking forward to coming back as I have a feeling that, with warmer weather finally upon us, the garden will be bursting with new growth - what a welcome sight it will be after such a cold, miserable start to the season.
See you when I get back 😎