Early summer we started a potato experiment: Growing Potatoes in a Laundry Basket.
We were so excited about trying this and it did not disappoint. And while ours didn’t exactly look like the one above, it did grow, grow, grow! So much so that we didn’t know exactly WHEN you’re supposed to dump them out…er, harvest them. So we made an arbitrary decision that it should happen this week.
My kids were so antsy to see what was in the dirt!
And we were so excited when we started digging and there they were!
I wish you could have heard their squeals when they discovered there were, in fact, potatoes in there!!
If you remember, when we were looking into this method, several homesteaders said a single basket could produce up to 10 pounds of potatoes. Well we certainly didn’t produce that. We did manage to grow enough for one meal for our family. And those taters were GOOD! (They definitely tasted different from store-bought potatoes. That was an interesting phenomenon).
We were also surprised how, after a full summer of growing, they weren’t any bigger than they were.
How cute is that?? lol~ Was it because it was a really hot summer? Or because we didn’t hill the dirt enough? Not enough water? Too much water? Dunno. But we’ll be doing this again next year for sure (with a few tweaks.)
Anyone else try this method? Or have a clue what happened with ours?
We’re still Happy Homesteading!
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