One of my goals for 2014 was to plant something. Not an entire garden, just something. It was our first full summer at the house, so I wanted to see the season develop first before deciding on a garden location. And there was that whole getting married business that took most of my time. :) So my planting something involved basil and potatoes in containers. I read all about growing potatoes in a trash can from as many sources as I could. I bought seed potatoes from a certified source online. I followed the directions with diligence and made sure to mound the dirt in the trash can when the leaves grew over 12″. I waited for the bushy leaves to flower…but that did not seem to happen. And then I decided it just had to be time to see if there were potatoes in there or not, after three months of growing. And this is what I found:
Not as many potatoes as one might imagine coming out of a large trash can, but I am pretty used to that with my gardening efforts. I am glad I did not wait any longer because some were starting to get mushy. Digging for these little treasures was a lot of fun and worth the wait. I ended up cutting them up for dinner that night. Did they taste magical like a home grown tomato? No. But they still tasted pretty great!
I am not sure if I will grow potatoes again in 2015. I think 2015 is the year to build my second square foot garden. But there are too many holidays between now and 2015 to think about that right now. Just grateful I had the opportunity to experiment with potatoes this year!