Thursday, February 28, 2013

You Say "Potato"..., And We Say "Let's Grow Them!"

This week we planted potatoes. They are cool plants because you grow them a little differently. They grow off the stalk of the plant, so you have to add soil to them as they grow upward. We dug some holes, planted just a chunk of a potato and covered them with manure, vermicompost and soil.

Now we are waiting for them to start growing and will continue the pattern of covering it up with the layers of manure, vermicompost and soil. They will be ready in about 100 days.

We added cages so that the potatoes would have a structure to build upwards in. After our potato harvest, we can reuse the soil in our garden beds.

We hung tags on the bins to label which type of potato was planted and also the date of the planting, so we will be able to know approximately when they will be ready to harvest.

We love learning new lessons and different ways of working on the farm. The kids are getting the hang of it and love learning and growing out on the farm!

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