I mentioned in another post this spring how some friends from our church have an acre of ground with pressurized irrigation water and that they let us use some of it for a garden spot.
I love squash and potatoes, so that is what we ended up planting there. We planted tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and 3 or 4 squash plants at the house garden spot as well.
I've never planted potatoes before, but thanks to the Internet and the advice of veteran gardeners in the neighborhood, we decided to have a go at it.
We planted our potatoes in 2 sessions with about a 3 week interval between them. We planted about 30-35 lbs of Russets seed potatoes total in both sessions, then planted about 10-15 lbs of Yukon Gold seed potatoes in the second session.
In addition to the potatoes, we planted several varieties of squash.
I used my Dayton 3Z68B to till up the plot after my neighbor disked it with his compact tractor.
I used my White GT1650 to furrow the garden... we planted the potatoes on the hills between the furrows.
Our garden produced well--far beyond our expectation in fact... we've dug about 500 lbs of potatoes total so far, and still have about 25% of the garden that needs to be harvested... however weatherman predicts rain for most of this coming week, so hopefully we can get it done on the weekend--the Good Lord willing and the creek's don't rise...
I shot some pictures of our harvest yesterday... the blue colored squash are Guatemalan Blue Banana Squash. The flesh is a bright orange inside, but has the blue-green skin... a little smaller than a normal banana squash, which is nice 'cause you don't have to cut up a large squash and worry about part of it going to waste. It has a slightly sweeter taste than normal banana squash. We also planted Amish Crooknecks, an Acorn variety, and a blue-gray pumpkin in the large plot, and Trombocini (Trombone Squash) at the house.
We filled three 5 gallon plastic pails with potatoes in addition to the boxes shown here.
Some of the Yukon Golds--we just started getting to the rows where they were planted. Some of them didn't get covered adequately, so we have some green ones-- we'll throw them away, of course as the green skin inidicates an alkyloid poison has developed in the potato.
Our garden spot--it's amazing how many weeds and grass grew in the last 6-8 weekis!! The first planting is in the left hand side of the picture--already started tilling it under for next year.
Now I get to figure where to store all of them. We live in a residential neighborhood with a small yard, so we can't dig a root cellar. However, we have a couple basement rooms that remain pretty cool... the squash we stored there last winter were still good when we ate the last one in August.
If anyone has any other suggestions, I'm all ears... this is my first experience with planting and storing spuds.
Edited by Utah Smitty, October 27, 2013 - 10:37 PM.