Well, it's time to give some much-needed attention to our poor, neglected Yellow Finn potatoes that we planted in our potato bins almost two months ago. (Click here to learn how to build your own!)
They're growing nicely and, as you can see from the measuring tape in the pic below, they are about 9 inches tall. Oops... *blush* We should have had these mulched about 3 inches ago, but we were too busy with our vacation. Luckily, they're not flowering or anything, so I think we're good.
As the potatoes grow, it's best to keep them mulched with straw or add more dirt so that 2/3 of the plant are buried. We opted to use straw because it will be much easier to harvest the potatoes and not as heavy as dirt. In keeping with our original bin design, we added another level of boards all the way around the bin and then added a heavy layer of mulch in between the plants. Don't worry about burying some of the leaves - that's OK. Just pack it in there real good, but be careful not to break any of the stems or leaves.
Here are our two bins after we were done:
|Growing potatoes in bins is easy. Add boards and mulch or dirt as the potatoes grow, leaving 1/3 of the plant exposed. Rinse and repeat!|
We also mulched the Yukon Gold potatoes that are growing in the laundry tubs as well, since they are up about 8 inches or so. They grew really fast considering that we just planted them in late April!
While we were pulling weeds and mulching, I found a little friend hanging out on one of the potato plants. I'm sure he doesn't eat much, but I'm not sure I want him hanging out too much. In real life, he was about 1/2 the size shown in the picture below. Cute, isn't he?
Speaking of baby wildlife, we noticed that a couple of our Rutgers tomato plants were looking a little chewed on. I think I know who the culprit was. Look who I found lurking in the tall grass right outside the garden bed?
|Eyes now open and hopping about, this teeny little rabbit is about 10 or 11 days old.|
What's going on in your backyard this weekend?