Potatoes, Onions, Garlic and More!
I once tried an experiment where I dumped my compost bucket directly into a raised bed in the greenhouse all winter. Around Christmas time things started sprouting and I just let it grow to see what would happen. I had all these things you mentioned growing in a mini food forest with “volunteer” tomatoes climbing up the adjoining trellis that produced wonderfully early fruit that spring. Because of that, I have lovely beds of ginger and turmeric growing now. Great experience and great reminder!
-- TIEING UP SPREADING ROSES, WATERING, SHAPING ORNAMENTALS, & TREES, SPREADING SEEDS, & PLANTING FLOWERS, LANDSCAPING WITH LEFT OVER ROCKS, MOVING INDOOR PLANTS OUTDOORS AS TOLERATED, -- NEED TO REPOT TO LARGER POTS, BUY OBTAIN LARGER POTS, PROVIDE SOME EXCESS TO NEiGHBORS, ... SUNSHINE, SUNSHINE & WATER, WATER, WATER -- G R E E N L I F E , AND, HUGE YELLOW TALL FLOWERS ...... ...!!!
Ditto to all the compliments already stated. Your knowledge of gardening is enviable and comprehensive for your young age. Did your parents garden? I’ve transplanted strawberries I got from my neighbor in upper Illinois. The plants all look like they survived! 8 plants in my 4X8 raised bed, 8 right next to it in the garden.
Awesome tips. Question for you- my rhubarb is throwing up flowers, bolting. Should I just cut off the bloom stalks? This is the second year plant..
Hi, not sure if I'm misreading part of the post. You say "sprouted potatoes shouldn’t be eaten as they start to produce toxins when they go green. But a few sentences later say Sprouted potatoes are especially useful, and you harvested a bunch from sprouted pantry potatoes. Thanks for all your hard work on the blog, I really appreciate all the things I can learn.
Thank you and God bless you for sharing this information us awkward newbies need this
Wonderful information! Thank you!
Hello Ashley, new to your site. I have used your recommendations now and then some with great success through my years. Myself I am currently finishing up making a Long Langstroth hive box for bees I should get this month.
I'm a senior and I love reading about gardening. Today you really had a hit with me. I am looking forward to trying ginger and turmeric. Your articles are always a treat no matter the topic. Thank you.
Thank you! I so love all the wonderful information and tips that you share. I'm going to give spring garlic a try as my fall harvest is beginning to sprout. The fall planting is looking very happy even though we are getting snow here in Michigan!!!
Loved this post! This year I am using a couple of 3' x 5' waist-high beds just for regrowing vegetables. Right now, I have onion, scallion, and celery growing well and I'm trying to get some escarole to regrow. I also have my "edible invasive weed garden" in containers: lamb's quarters and wild onion are looking good.
In my conventional raised beds I have peas, spinach, chard, tomatoes, and beans planted. A few beets as well. My over-wintered garlic is looking great, but we will see: I got some help relocating all my beds and the garlic had to be transplanted. Also, the weather ran warm and cold this winter, not sure if the garlic had enough dormancy to produce nice, healthy bulbs. At least I can count on some terrific scapes.
Like I mentioned above, I moved my garden beds to make the best use of space; as a result I will be able to add two new 4' x 8' beds. I have a perimeter of raspberries and blackberries at the edge of my woods.
I have planted some jalapeno seeds, but I also treated myself and sent for some starts. I used one of your recipes for pickling my surplus jalapenos last year and it was the BEST EVER! My husband doesn't like pickled anything and even he liked them. I have used the last of them and I am going through withdrawal!
Oh, will I be notified when it's time to renew my subscription? I feel like it should be coming up soon.
Love all of the information that you share, Ashley! You are such a wealth of information!! I share your website with anybody that has a like mind.
We just planted our potatoes up
I have grown lots of potatoes and veggies from food bank stuff. These were potatoes, tomatoes, sun Chokes, garlic and others I. These were food too far gone to give to people so I picked it up for free and "composted" it. What grew I harvested and the rest became awesome organic dirt. Mac Donald's also saved coffee grounds for me for my compost. Nursing homes would save the leftover foods for my neighbour to feed her pigs. Grocery stores would give her milk past date and bread to her pigs also
I have since moved from Washington state to missuri. They don't seem so eager here to give that stuff away.
I have had no luck zilch not with seeds sprouts. Nothing. I have diy-ed myself to death an make own compost. Ugh
Sunchokes (or Jerusalem Artichokes) can be found at farmer's markets. They grow great small-head, but tall-stalk sunflowers. Unfortunately, I discovered that if you have a weak digestive tract they're very disrupting, either raw or cooked.
They're very knobby. When you prepare them, cut off the knobs and plant them. I always put my cuttings in a container over the winter and planted them in the spring. I still have a container I'm debating about planting just for the flowers. The problem is the bulbs proliferate every year if left in the ground.