Comparing organic potato yields in a home garden: cut potatoes vs. single drops

This year, as I planned to plant about 250 sf of seed potatoes, I decided to try cutting potatoes and planting pieces, instead of my usual “single-drop” method of simply planting whole small (less than egg-sized) potatoes.  Here are the results, using Kennebec potatoes. The plants themselves were noticeably different in size.  This bed hasContinue reading “Comparing organic potato yields in a home garden: cut potatoes vs. single drops”

Pink banana squash review

These things crack me up!  If you’re thinking of growing them, be forewarned… This one weighed in at 27 pounds. I thought I was picking a nice, manageable one. I was hoping for 10-15 pounds. I snipped the stem, hauled it out of its tangle of vines and unmowed grass, and discovered its diameter wasContinue reading “Pink banana squash review”

Comparison of raised beds, sheet mulching, and tilling: a three-year study of home gardening methods

The short version: In the past 7 years, I have built three types of garden beds at my current location. Plowing of local soil, with horse manure added. Sheet mulching.  Corrugated cardboard over sod, covered with a variety of materials. Raised beds. Sides made of composite decking or 2x8s, placed directly on sod, filled withContinue reading “Comparison of raised beds, sheet mulching, and tilling: a three-year study of home gardening methods”

Storage cabbage comparison

First, I apologize that I don’t know the exact varieties of these cabbages. I bought them at the market and didn’t/couldn’t find out the specific varieties. It’s obvious they have different keeping qualities, though. These were kept in the garage until it got below freezing, then moved to the breezeway (~50 degrees). The one onContinue reading “Storage cabbage comparison”

Sweet potatoes

I’m going to be trying to grow sweet potatoes this year. I’ve ordered five varieties from two sources. I’ll keep you updated on how they go! Beauregard from Johnny’s Selected Seeds.  “One of the most popular sweet potato varieties. Dark red-orange skin with moist, sweet, orange flesh. Quick maturing and well adapted to difficult growingContinue reading “Sweet potatoes”