Wednesday, July 18, 2012

In my Garden



 In May we planted a few potatoes in chicken wire cages, hoping to grow towers of potatoes. Here they are in June. We kept adding more soil (and paper) as they grew. 



Here they are today. I don't know how many potatoes are actually growing there, but the greenery is amazing. Five feet high! The plants are in bloom, which bodes well for actual potatoes, but I'm still waiting to see what's really going on in the dirt there. It's been an interesting experiment so far.

You can see that one plant escaped through the bottom and is growing on its own.  



I ventured over to PicMonkey this afternoon and created this little collage of things currently in bloom in my garden. I'm not a fan of orange and will likely remove the lilies before next year. I am admiring their multi-layered beauty and think they go well with the blue flowers on either side. In the garden these plants are widely separated, maybe I should re-think that and transplant the lilies in between the blues. Hmmm. 

14 comments:

Vee said...

Oh something upon which we do not agree...orange. I think it's a wonderful color and it does look handsome between the blues/purples.

It's so odd that I come here to find your potato experiment as I've just been looking at various growing experiments for potatoes. Yours looks nice and easy. Some of the others would be expensive and labor intensive...adding wood as the plants grow so they look like planters. I'll be eager to see how your experiment works.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Picmonkey is so much fun! I wish I had more time to play with photos! Your flowers are lovely!

Jojo said...

That potato tower is amazing and I can't wait to see what you harvest!

podso said...

Pic monk ey is fun, isn't it. You'll have to report back on your potatoes!

Jill said...

My brother told me about this technique. It will be fun to watch your experiment then I'll know if I want to try it. :)
I loved your hydrangeas in the votive holder too!

materfamilias said...

I want to try your potato tower, especially once we find out how many potatoes you have in there.
As for the orange lily, I'm envious as the deer dined on ours over the weekend. Drat!

Sheila said...

This is an interesting experiment. i hope that you'll take a photo or two when you harvest the towers. I'm sure someone will be happy to add the lilies to their yards. I love the contrast of orange and red to the blues and purples of my perennial beds. Happy gardening!

Debbie said...

Wooohooo! It's like Jack and the Beanstalk only with potatoes.

I found you from the note card party, but since I'm so late in visiting around, you had this new post up by the time I did. I'm glad you did because this is impressive.

ellen b. said...

Wowzers! I'm really impressed with that growth. What fun it will be to discover how many potatoes you have!

Andrea Dawn said...

We did it with old tires one year when we lived in Willow River. Lay a tire on the ground, plant your spuds and as they grow up you add another tire and more dirt, etc. Don't remember how successful it was but it was fun to do. Hope your crop is bumper. Lovely flowers, too.

Nicole said...

Wow! Your potatoes are huge! I'll have to send you a picture of ours! The house we're moving into has a nice big blue hydrangea bush in front and I'm so excited about that!

Katherine said...

Wow! You certainly have a green thumb. I'm amazed at your potatoe plants, harvesting should be easier, I'm thinking. Can't wait to hear how the harvest goes.

Pondside said...

I'll be very interested to know how the potato experiment works!

Hannah Lamb said...

What a great idea! I hope the potatoes are tasty and abundant.