When my son Nathan was here, we planted potatoes in used tires with the sidewalls cut out. Three tires were planted with Red Norland and three tires were planted with Yukon Gold.
We have an issue with standing water from time to time. Piles of composted tree trimmings were leveled out and covered with weed cloth. The tires were placed and the bottoms were filled with sand. The hardened off potato cuttings were placed in the bottom of each tire on top of the sand. Compost mixed with soil was placed on top of the cuttings to cover the cuttings. Subsequently, composted grass cutting were placed on top.
I will keep you posted on the continuing results of this Spring project.
Sweet Peas are definitely worth the wait. I walked into the hoop house the other day and was overwhelmed by an incredible sweet fragrance. Whoa!
The range of colors, diversity and the heady fragrance, are quite a combination! This experience is quite a learning curve. The Elegance Mix and Spencer seedlings were started in cell trays using a compost enhanced potting mix. The seeds best germinated at 60° to 65° (F). The seedlings were placed 6 inches apart in a raised bed with plastic netting to allow the peas to climb to a potential height of 8 feet.
Next year I plan to direct seed some of the sweet peas for a comparison. I believe the plants and subsequent blooms will be stronger.
Next up are seedling dahlias. Started in cell trays with well nourished potting soil, cactus flowered and double flowered mixed colors should be a delightful opportunity for our local florists. The amazing fact is dahlias can grow in 120° (F) heat. Originally from Mexico, dahlias are a natural to grow in a hoop house. I am looking forward to a plentiful harvest.
We will keep you posted on our progress!
A simple blend for all potted plants including transplants:
- A bag of soilless potting mix 2 cu. ft.
- Benefits: Reduces soil diseases, balances moisture with good drainage, allows for proper exchange of nutrients
- Milled Sphagnum peat moss: anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties
- Rotted pine bark: allows for drainage
- 1/2 cu. ft. weed-free compost: Balanced nutrients
- Horse manure, composted
- Cow manure, composted
- Poultry manure, composted
- Mushroom compost
- Mixture of dry grasses and straw composted
- My “secret weapon” Kelp meal: cold water, dried and ground seaweed, offering 60 known beneficial nutrients.Plants respond and withstand stress, heat, cold, insect pressure, disease and drought conditions.
- Mix thoroughly and wet until the mixture makes a loose ball in your hand.
- I use a wheel barrow and tarp to mix my soil blend.
- Store in the bags used to make the soil mix or use a covered container of your choice.
Enjoy this mix for all your potting needs. I do.