Aug 6, 2010
kinderGARDENS Update: Week 17
Week 17, the summer is flying by!
Better late than NEVER, which is what I thought had happened here. Remember the limp leaves on the green roof? Well here they are, same leaves, recovered and now climbing. Note how they have only grown about a foot in 17 weeks?????
And just look - a mini pumpkin developing on the green roof!
The seeds the kids sowed last week have sprouted and now we have the promise of a new season in the garden!
Next up: another of the kids' favorite garden activities... digging potatoes!
While this didn't happen this week, it does involve the kids digging the much anticipated potato cages. Suffice it to say they were very disappointing this year, so traumatic was the experience for me that I am just now able to talk about it LOL! Due to my fantastic results last year, I really had tried to convince many people to do the potatoes in straw cages this year... I'm Sorry! I don't know what the difference was this year, but the yield was horrible:
Total Potato Harvest
Rose Finn Fingerlings - didn't even weigh, one plate's worth!
Red Pontiac - 3 lbs
Red Norland - 3 lbs
Too bad my butt serves as the opening frame of this video, here is the way "things are supposed to work" in the cage system. It really is easy to harvest them this way, that is, if there were potatoes to harvest!
He was so excited!
Poor Finn searching for his non-existent Finn potatoes! The few we found are in the front of his little wagon.
Rose Finn Fingerlings, kids call them airplane potatoes because the usually have wings! This is how I first got my kids to eat potatoes.
Red Pontiac harvest. The Red Norlands are not pictured since I waited an extra few weeks on them, but they look the same as this, same yield, although the potatoes in general appeared to withstand heat better and skins were stronger than the Red Pontiacs.
Go to The Inadvertent Farmer to see what other kinderGARDENS contest participants are doing this week! She has a guest author this week who writes about using a Praying Mantis nest as a way to get older kids involved in the garden!