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Old 07-02-2012, 05:23 PM   #46
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Wow, you both have great looking crops! When do you think first harvest will be for the potatoes, TC?
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I'd guess mid to late September, less any new potatoes I pick out early. It hasn't flowered yet so we're still early in the game yet.

Creeper - I'll have to try snap peas. It's a favorite and it is nice to have something you can snack on right off the vine.
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Okay TC, be looking forward to the pics of them flowering.
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I'd guess mid to late September, less any new potatoes I pick out early. It hasn't flowered yet so we're still early in the game yet.

Creeper - I'll have to try snap peas. It's a favorite and it is nice to have something you can snack on right off the vine.

I'll pick one of mine in mid august. If mine are ready, yours will be too.
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July 15, 45 days in. Nothing really to report except the potatoes have now grown above the top of the cage. They look pretty happy. We've had a several-week hot and dry spell, pushing 90F most days. The grass is dead but I haven't had to water the potatoes. The hilling/mulch seems to be doing a good job. I think it was a lucky idea to plant the potatoes under a tree to avoid the midday heat as we have been getting a lot of that.

Steady as she goes. We finally have some thunderstorms rolling through which hopefully will bring us some rain. It is really dry.
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Well, the trashcan experiment has officially failed. The last plant was found shriveled up to nothing this morning. I pulled out all of the mulch and found it to be sopping wet and warm, actually close to hot (composting). The plant stems were pretty much all rotted away.

Standing back a bit, I have to think that a black plastic trashcan makes a better composter than a pot. You'd think that I'd have realized this as I put the can next to my actual composter (see first picture).
I've been enjoying following your Potato Adventures. Love it - thanks for sharing!

Honestly, I don't think that too much moisture was your problem - although that might have contributed to it. I think what went wrong is that you threw in "un-composted" grass clippings. When they began to go through the ensiling process, they literally cooked and ensiled your live potatoes.

I've not grown Trash Can Potatoes myself, but know people who do (or at least used to). All of them mix both dirt and (usually) dry oat straw. Were it not for the fact that our Midwestern soil is so dense, we could probably do without the straw.

Next year I plan to try some "bucket potatoes." I've got a lot of plastic 5-gallon buckets, left from work projects. I want to drill several holes in the bottom of the side, and plant one potato in each bucket. They'll be easily portable, and at the end of the season I'll just dump them out at pick up the spuds. We shall see.
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Creeper - I wish the rest of my gardens were doing as well as yours. The heat has been tough on the gardens. Our broccoli is bolting, so we're only getting very small florets if we can even catch them before they flower out. Our beans look beaten, even though I have kept them watered and shaded. Tomatoes and cucumbers are doing OK, but they seem stunted - they are only about halfway up the trellis (last year they were off the top of the trellis at this point). We got our first two tomatoes off the vine yesterday, wonderful taste.

DrHicks - I agree with your assessment. The major problem was that I put them in a black plastic bin with a lot of organics, essentially the ideal composter. They cooked and rotted in place. I really don't think water made that much difference. I also think I tried to hill them too high.

The current potatoes are hilled only about 10-12 inches above the seed, and it seemed that they didn't want to go higher than that. They have been handling the heat and the drought wonderfully.
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Doesn't that just figure - the storm missed us. We got a few raindrops. Now we're looking at a humid 100F day.

It is supposed to cool to low 80s by the end of the week which would be a treat. We haven't had temperatures that low in about a month.
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Doesn't that just figure - the storm missed us. We got a few raindrops. Now we're looking at a humid 100F day.

It is supposed to cool to low 80s by the end of the week which would be a treat. We haven't had temperatures that low in about a month.
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By the way, we've got the exact same crappy weather going on in the Midwest.
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Psssttt...

By the way, we've got the exact same crappy weather going on in the Midwest.
I've been watering the gardens, but a lot of stuff just can't take the heat, no matter how much water they get.

We finally have a front moving through, I hear the thunder in the distance! Relief!
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My spuds are taking a beating. I don't know whether its the drought or because I planted left overs from the winter store bought bags and not seed potatoes
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WOO HOO!!! It's RAINING! YAY!
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I've been watering the gardens, but a lot of stuff just can't take the heat, no matter how much water they get.

We finally have a front moving through, I hear the thunder in the distance! Relief!
You're right. There a point, with heat, where having enough moisture doesn't do any good. Grass goes dormant, and gardens just wither up and die.

Unfortunately, we have nothing but more dry, and more heat, in the forecast for the next week to ten days.
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