Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Potato Planting

Despite living in a town and having a small garden, I insist that my true calling is to live The Good Life, to live a life of self-sufficiency and keep chickens. And a goat.

The local council (and my neighbours) may have something to say about the chickens, and I don't think I could get away with saying that a goat is the family pet, so for the time being I will settle for growing a few crops in the small spaces I have available.

Tomato plants are ready and waiting to be put into the ground, herbs are flourishing nicely (lemon thyme..mmm..the smell) and this week we planted potato pots. Easy, and worth it. We simply put these chitted potatoes into large pots, sat them on a layer of soil, then covered them up with more soil so just a little bit of greenery peeking through. As they grow we shall keep topping the soil up, covering them up, to encourage the shoots to reach for the sky.

This was accomplished by my two garden apprentices - unfortunately as they are still classed as minors (they are under 10) I was not able to pay them, but a chocolate bar was all it took to ensure they will keep up with the garden tasks.

Potatoes - chippy chips!


niftyknits said...

I thought you'd put chipped potatoes at first...

cloudhopping said...

that will be my next experiment!

GrayEyedScorpio said...

I'm with you on the calling to live with self-sufficiency.
And the goat would eliminate lawn-mowing!