It all started with an article my wife brought to my attention. It was about growing potatoes in burlap bags. As it turned out, the day before I saw a video on starting potatoes slips indoors. So this got my curiosity up and going. But how do you do it? What kind of potatoes should you grow? Why should you grow potatoes? So come along with me as I educate myself on these questions.
Why should I even bother to grow potatoes?
The first thought that comes to mind is how little room they can take up. We are going to use burlap bags, the size of a common bucket. Potatoes also are easy to keep for a long time, much long than other produce.
• Click here for tips on how to keep potatoes from rotting.
• How to Store potatoes by Jonathanwallace (this is a great video on storage)
Potatoes are cheap, why bother growing them?
• I will grow potatoes for a couple of main reason. I know where my food comes from. I know the soil used, what was used on it and where they came from.
• Just in time shipping. If the “monkey throws poo at the fan”, then I have some food on hand. I am not 100% dependent on the local market to save my backside.
• The knowledge of growing potatoes. Things that seem simple turn complicated when we first try them. Now is the time to try. Continue reading
It is with great pleasure that I welcome back Karen from Independence Gardens PDX. This is Karen’s third article with us. Karen’s past articles were, “Getting the feel of a garden” and “Prepping your garden and gardening prepared.” Please visit Independence Gardens PDX if you have questions or need guidance on gardening. Enjoy!
That IS the question—especially at this time of the year, when dedicated gardeners are planning for spring and getting their spaces ready for upcoming planting! And the answer? Well, it depends.
Growing your own food doesn’t require any specific infrastructure. In order to grow, plants need the right amount of sun and water, fertile soil, and to be sown at the right time. If they’re given the right environmental conditions and left to their own devices, they might even bear something that we’d like to eat. But for our gardens to reach maximum productivity, they need to be accessible to us and also provide ideal conditions for plants to grow the right parts—roots, shoots, stems, leaves, buds, flowers, and/or fruits—for us to enjoy. And that’s where infrastructure comes in. Continue reading
Hello my friends. I have never posted an article word for word, but this time I have to make an exception. Also, I have never asked you to call or write in protest. Well today I do. Oregon Department of Agriculture was told by the local community to NOT allow GM Canola in their area. But the DOA has refused to listen. Below is an article I read on “The Permaculture Institute of Australia.” Continue reading