Got a lot of blackberries? Then check out this recipe for Blackberry Mojito Fruit Leather.

I'm not a huge fan of fruit leathers, but this turned out super good! And, really, you can't go wrong with blackberries, mint and rum.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

St. Patty's Potatoes

In honor of St. Patrick's day, my son and I planted potatoes. Granted these Yukon Gold taters are probably not native to Ireland, but they are potatoes, for Pete's sake.

I didn't feel like digging a huge trench and hilling them in my backyard, so I followed a little advice from a local gardener, Ciscoe Morris, and planted them in a container. Well, a short garbage can, really. I had heaps of fun drilling 1/2" holes in the bottom and lower sides of the can. We filled it with potting compost and perlite, planted the 12 potatoes and watered them in.

Now I just need to remember to hill the things up when they've grown a while. I have another set of potatoes to plant, but I need another container. I might try a half-whiskey barrel, but they're expensive (even though they look a lot more attractive).


Phelan said...

Let me know how well you do with the container. I go with the lazy bed method, and it has worked wonderfully.

Alexandra said...

Thank you so much for your helpful advice with my soap making adventure.

I'm a natural shade gardener, and an accidental veggie grower. I get veggies growing out of my free throw compost pile. Last year I was raking some leaves into the beds, and noticed potatoes rolling under my rake!

I plan to grow some for eating this year....not just compost growings for for the critters. :)

Crunchy Chicken said...

phelan - lazy bed method? That's my kind of gardening!

alexandra - you've got quite a compost pile going there if you're harvesting potatoes :)

april said...

Oooooh, I might need to try this container method. What is the yeild supposed to be?

april said...

never mind I just read the article. I'm going to try this! How fun!

Christy said...

I plan on doing potatoes in containers this year too. I ordered the cool blue ones and are still waiting for them to get here. I may need to call the company and find out what the deal is.

Crunchy Chicken said...

Yikes! That reminds me, I need to plant my cool blue ones. I put them in my gardening bench outside and promptly forgot about the poor little guys!

Alison said...

Thanks for the lead on this method. I'm a beginner but I think I can manage it.