Opening the Garden with Potatoes and Onions

| 3/14/2016 12:41:00 PM

Of Mice and Mountain MenThe opening act for this year's garden was to plant onion seed and seed potatoes.

The onion seed was harvested from some onions I allowed to go to seed last year. I did not plant in neat, orderly, well spaced rows this time. I scattered the seed liberally (I have plenty!) and will harvest many of the young plants as green onions to attain proper spacing for the mature onions.

Tater storage box

The seed potatoes were kept from last year's crop as well: those too small to do much else with. I put them in a box of dry wood chips (my surface planer makes small chips ideal for this). I closed up the box and tucked it away in a cool, dark spot for the winter.

Seed potatoes in storage

When I opened it this week and sifted carefully through the chips for the spudlets, I found most of them had just started to sprout: perfect timing!

3/17/2016 10:39:20 AM

Allen, I bet you can grow lots of potatoes with this method. I've always had good luck with potatoes in the ground. Now that I'm mobile, I am going to try them layered in 5 gallon buckets. Probably straw mixed with some kind of compost potting mix that will wick up moisture from a self-waterer. We'll see how that goes. Robyn - Homesteading with Mrs. D