My heading starts with “Planting Sarpo Mira Spuds”, but I really want to show you the hard work I’ve been doing! I have some pictures of stones. Lots and lots of stones!
Last year we added two potato beds rather quickly. At the time, I was more interested in eating potatoes than making sure the garden looked presentable. This year, I was more interested in prettying up the garden!
Now doesn’t that look nicer? 🙂 Those stones mostly came from different flower and vegetable beds in the yard, and along the fence line. When we first started the stone pathway last year, my kids helped out a bit. No moss will grow on those kiddos: they discovered quite quickly that the bigger the stones, the faster they’d be finished with their “chore”. That was fine last year, when I didn’t realize bigger stones were more awkward to walk on! This year I was on my own with stone collection, so I stuck with small stones. I have to say that I was really pleased with the result.
I prepped the soil a bit, too. The darker soil looks nicer in pictures! I used my new favorite tool in the whole wide world.
This baby is with me everywhere in the garden now. I had been looking around for a really good garden fork. The fork is somewhat narrow, and sturdy. I was surprised how prevalent plastic handles were. I prefer a good wooden one. With all of my new beds, the soil really needs to be turned and compost worked in. The fork makes this job completely manageable for me. Yay for me!
Now I was able to see that the two potato beds were quite slanted. Better still, my husband also saw this. He and my 13 year old daughter set to work to build a frame for our Sarpo Mira main crop potatoes.
Yeah, I’m not even going to complain about having to shift most of those tiny stones after the bed was completed, since my original path was crooked… 😉
You can see what the beds and pathway looked like in my post from last year: https://mominthegarden.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/planting-maincrop-potatoes-on-easter-weekend/
On to spuds! I was a week later than when we planted last year, but I don’t think that should matter too much. We only have one crop this year, as we decided not to have early potatoes. I want to rest one of the beds, or use it for something other than potatoes. The new bed is bigger than last year’s. This will give us more room to “earth up” (cover up with soil) the shoots as they appear. This is so the potatoes don’t turn green, rendering them useless. The earthing up is to protect the potatoes from the sun.
We (I mean my husband!) dug holes about 6 inches deep, and 18 inches apart.
I had the potatoes in open egg cartons in my utility room (laundry room) for the past month or so. That process, called chitting, is to get sprouts started before they go into the ground. It should speed up the growing time.
Now we wait. And take lots of pictures of the spring flowers!
I had to bring some daffodils inside to enjoy!
These daffodils are at my front gate, and I love seeing them as I come and go. They have a pretty high cheer factor!
We had some terrible wind last week. A few of my hyacinth were knocked down so I put them in a vase. They look rather comical in that “arrangement”, but it was a quick fix. The smell of hyacinth is a Love it or Hate it kind of smell. I love it, and it’s a good thing as my kitchen was filled with the smell!
Yes I am so happy to finally feel spring is here. It was wonderful to be out and working in the garden, especially planting potatoes! I can’t wait to eat our own spuds! What is your favorite vegetable you are looking forward to harvesting?
Your garden is lovely!!!! I love the anemones… wish I had a huge bunch of those!
Do you have to worry about animals nibbling your garden?? I would throw myself into veggie gardening if we didn’t have to contend with the deer and rabbits and such.
Lovely Dana! Keep the posts coming!
Hi there Stephanie! I have to say we are lucky with regards to nibbling neighbors. (should I first say “knock on wood”?) We don’t have any issue with animals eating in the garden, other than slugs. We used to see hare in the fields around us, but they never bothered the garden. Maybe because the beds were high? We don’t have any deer. I confess that I don’t miss the deer! Thanks so much for your compliment. Knowing what your garden looks like, this is an especially huge compliment! xoxo Dana
It’s all coming on really well and your paths around the raised beds will be worth all the hard work. I can’t believe your anemones are in flower already. My Mr Fokkers are all bushy leaves and no blooms!
I’m growing spuds for the first time this year – I love all veg for different reasons so it’s hard to choose one favourite!
Hi PJ Girl, The Mr. Fokkers that I planted last year haven’t bloomed, oddly enough. All the photos of blooms were anemones planted the year before, and they are doing even better than last year. What is odd, is that they bloomed the first year.
I thought of your post on broad beans when I was ordering seeds! But my garden will be too full, so they didn’t make the cut this year. I can’t wait to hear how your spuds taste 😉
Stone paths are such a good idea for the Irish climate. Hope your Sarpos do well. They’re a potato I really like but not to everyones taste. A lot of Irish people more floury spuds.
Hi Bridget, We had sarpos last year and decided to go with them again. I know what you mean about floury spuds, maybe I’ll try a more floury variety next year. I think that our family was enthralled with the fact that we grew them (first time last year) that we thought they were fabulous! 🙂 Thanks for your comment!
What a lot of hard work you’ve put into your raised beds and pathways, it’s paid off though as they look great! I hope you get a bumper crop of potatoes.
Hi Paula, Thank you for the compliment! The great thing is that I love being outside, so even though it’s hard work it’s a good life 🙂
Wow, that layout and garden are just going to be so beautiful!
I also enjoyed your hellebore photos in the prior post with the mossy asian statue. So gorgeous.
The garden certainly is a work in progress! Thanks for your compliments, I appreciate that.
Its looking very smart! and the Hyacinth and Anemone are such wonderful colours
Thank you Claire! I’m thinking of adding pink to brighten things up a bit? 🙂
I don’t believe a day goes by that you aren’t hard at work and it certainly shows.
Thank you Karen. It’s great to be able to spend so much time doing something I love. (but I don’t love potting up seeds! Isn’t that weird?)
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