Gardening in Southwest Washington State. Aiming for good food, sustainability, diversity, ecological balance. Learning from tradition, science, experience, and experimentation. Growing fruits, vegetables, trees, and flowers. Growing from seeds, cuttings, divisions, and grafting. Puttering meditation.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
What's up in the barrel gardens?
Here's what happened with the potatoes. They grew lush and green, then the weather warmed up.
I thought I should keep them going a little longer, but they wilted quickly. So I dug out the fingerling potatoes, which wilted the worse - although the white gourmet aren't far behind, as shown here.
These were excellent! Still a couple of pounds left. Just boil about 15 minutes, then a little salt, some butter, and chop some scallions from another barrel garden. Terrific! I like this potato barrel idea.
I've left some out to sprout, maybe we can get in a second batch before winter.
Technically not a barrel, but these container peppers are feeling the summer and have finally started to grow.
These barrels are mainly peppers and eggplants. Some of the eggplants are purchases. I know that's cheating, but my own are lagging so much. Next year, maybe start earlier, or keep them in a green-house arrangement.
More peppers, mostly, and eggplants that I did grow to size. Not too bad, they are blooming now and peppers are starting to form.