Going to combine two topics in one post today – garden and coffee roundup. Coffee first, as always! Happy to report we have used up two of the nine bags of coffee – the Jamaican Blue Mountain dark roast and Gevalia Dark Gold Roast. This week I’m aiming to get two more down – Green Mountain Coffee Co Vermont Country Blend and New England Coffee Co Hazelnut Creme (which I’ll probably have in the afternoons as hubs isn’t a huge fan of the flavored stuff).
Now to the garden – my experiment with growing potatoes in trash cans was a success!
I likely harvested them a little early as the plants were wilted but still green, I was worried any potatoes that might be in the cans would rot as every week we are getting inches of rain. I expected to find potatoes growing at all levels of the buried stalks…but all of these were at the bottom which was a relief to find out. 33 total potatoes, “All Blue” and “German Butterball” I’m excited to taste them tomorrow 🙂 I will definitely grow these again, they were pretty easy to take care of. I may take a few of these, let them sprout eyes and re-plant them for fall harvesting. Now that I am thinking ahead though, I might utilize one of the trash cans and plant pumpkin seeds…
The rest of my garden is doing great, I really think the whole cover-crop and rototilling made a huge difference. Plus the hay mulch is really keeping the soil from drying out on our 90+ degree days. I have one spaghetti squash happily growing in size and starting to turn yellow, cucumbers are vining up my trellis and have picked 4, jalapeno’s are showing up and the tomato plants all have at least one green tomato. The container summer squash is doing ok, have two squash now but noticed one of the vines rotting (did I mention it has been raining inches here every week?) so pretty bummed out about that; the zucchini plant in the garden is also doing ok but certainly not where I expected it to be by now, I had to pull up the radishes as they were monstrous and going to seed but I have yet <knock on wood> to see the dreaded squash vine borers. I planted a few more zucchini seeds and some corn last week, fingers crossed!
Every year I’ve lived here we have had a sewing machine spider in the yard somewhere, they are biggest spider I’ve ever seen in the wild! Last year we had TWO! We called them Garden Charlotte and Pool Charlotte. I don’t expect a Pool Charlotte this year as we moved the huge grass by the pool pump that she was making a home in last summer, and wasn’t sure I’d have a Garden Charlotte as I dug up the rosemary bush that she was using for her home. Normally we don’t notice them until they are really big and obvious, but yesterday I saw TWO baby ones in my garden, yay! Of course this one in the picture was on the potato plants so I carefully cut the plant branch and placed it in the garden, the other is on the spaghetti squash vine.
Looking forward to watching them grow along with everything else in the garden 🙂