Saturday, May 1, 2010

Seed Potatoes Are Taking Over My Bedroom!

There is a strong smell of soil in my bedroom right now - ah, the adventures of urban gardening.

The weather had been pleasant here.  We had built one potato townhome (ours are 2'x6' instead of 2'x2' like many of the condo plans I've read, so I'll dub them with my own name to match my residence). It's fun - we bought strong 2x4s for the corners, but are recycling fence boards for the main part.

I also cut up most of the seed potatoes at that time.  You do it a day or two ahead of time so they form a callus on the cut side.  That means they won't rot when you plant them (I think that was my fatal mistake when I was little) and be a bit more protected from pests and diseases.

Then when we looked for an update in the weather, we saw that it was now slated for freezing temperatures and snow again.  Sigh.  I worried so much about planting them outside in those conditions, but also worried about these cut potato pieces sitting for too long.

Finally, I popped to the store to buy more soil and some peat pots.  I potted up the seed potato pieces and placed them on cookie sheets and in plastic shoe boxes for easy transportation. I've escorted them up to my bedroom so I don't annoy the roommates.  I did plant some pieces outside.  We'll see what happens.

It's supposed to get better next week, so hopefully we can build more potato townhomes and plant these babies up.

In the meantime, I've got many pots and containers in my room. I like the smell of soil, but it's pretty strong in here right now.  Whew!

What's the weather like where you are?  Please say it's better than here :)

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