Vegetable Garden: One Potato, Two Potato, When to Harvest

When Is It Time?

Potatoes make it easy on you when it comes to the harvest.  They let you know it’s time by dying back.  The green tops that were so verdant only six weeks ago start to droop, turn yellow and waste away.  In the above picture, the left image represents the potatoes at their peak in early June.  In the image on the right, you can see what they look like today.  I have already dug a few out for eating, but have not cleared the patch – the space is empty because the potato tops have died back and disappeared.

Looking Bad is Looking Good

If you are new to growing potatoes, never fear.  If they were looking great and now look terrible, it is a good sign.  Dig up your lovely rewards for fresh eating, or cure them for later use.  You’ve worked hard for this, it’s time to enjoy!

Vegetable Garden: One Potato, Two Potato, Let’s Eat!

The Harvest Begins!

Remember this?  And this?  Back in April, we planted potatoes.  Well look what happened today!  Check out me and my bad self.  Today I went after my first potato harvest of the season, and netted a slick two pounds of La Rattes.  Bear in mind, I left 90% of my plants still in the ground to keep growing.  I’ll keep a running total as I go.  Harvest on!

Vertical Gardening: A Vertical Pallet Garden Recycles Trash Into Treasure (My Way) Part 3 of 3

Inserting the Liner

In Part 2, we left off talking about creating and inserting a liner into our pallet gardens to hold soil and conserve moisture.  I believe a few more details on the subject are in order.

The liner for your pallet can be made from weed cloth that has been sewn at the edges.  It is a very simple procedure, and can be accomplished with a few zips on the sewing machine.  Weed cloth that is wide enough can be folded in half and sewn on each side to create the liner. Precision is not necessary, you simply want a liner that, when filled with soil, will be large enough to fill the inner cavity of the pallet. You will need two liners, one for each half of the pallet. Continue reading “Vertical Gardening: A Vertical Pallet Garden Recycles Trash Into Treasure (My Way) Part 3 of 3” »

Vertical Gardening: A Vertical Pallet Garden Recycles Trash Into Treasure (My Way) Part 2 of 3

In Part 1, we left off considering important details about our project and gathering materials to build a pallet garden.  Now it is time to move on to the next phase of the project:

Prepping Pallets for Your Pallet Garden

You now have your pallet at your work site.  But it is a savage beast.  It is probably beat up from a very rough life being abused by forklifts, left out in the rain, being stained upon, and for all intents and purposes being considered nothing better than “scrap”.  But you are going to change that.  Just as a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, with some TLC, sandpaper, and elbow grease you are going to release the inner beauty and functionality of your new pallet friend.

Look over your pallet for hazards and start with removing the big stuff.  This means jagged shards of broken wood, protruding and headless nails, or other foreign objects you don’t want embedded in your flesh or falling off into your garden. Remove them all, front and back. Continue reading “Vertical Gardening: A Vertical Pallet Garden Recycles Trash Into Treasure (My Way) Part 2 of 3” »

Vertical Gardening: A Vertical Pallet Garden Recycles Trash Into Treasure (My Way) Part 1 of 3

 

Why A Pallet Garden?

If you are short on space and have a limited budget, a pallet garden may be a great project for you.  Shipping pallets can often be found for free, and with some time, patience, and materials a gardener may already have lying around, you can transform a shipping pallet into a unique expansion of your garden.

Other pallet tutorials show  you how to complete a vertical pallet garden in two hours or less.  This is not that tutorial.  But I will take you step by step through the project and show you what I’ve learned, potential problems to look out for, and what I think will be good solutions so you can enjoy the pallet garden you’ve created for many seasons to come. Continue reading “Vertical Gardening: A Vertical Pallet Garden Recycles Trash Into Treasure (My Way) Part 1 of 3” »