In Response to Re: How does your garden grow?:
Well, we finally got some much needed rain here and the garden is doing great. Potato plants are so high I'll have to go out there and put in some supports for them. Tomato plants aren't very big but loaded with blooms. I think I might have missed digging some out last year since we have some where none were planted this year. Of course, with all the rain and the recent heat wave, the weeds are also growing like crazy. That will be this weekend's project, getting rid of the little suckers lol.
Posted by H. M
I saw a very interesting way to plant potatoes. I think it was on a Martha Stewart show.
He dug the trench for the potatoes put them in the ground then filled with a bit of straw. As the plant grew she continued to lay straw around the plant base.
Because the plant stem is "hairy" like the tomato all the little hairs become roots and will produce more potatoes. When she wanted potatoes she reached into the straw and "plucked" some out. All in all they were easier to dig because you were digging through straw rather than hard dirt. (even if it does not work well all that straw should improve your garden for next year.)
I planted potatoes once they were good but digging them was a pain. (did that before I saw the above method). I just thought the potato bugs were gross and couldn't stand picking them off the plants.