I’m trying again. Last year’s potato patch was an abject failure, thanks to fire ants. They ate the roots, giving me only a few potatoes in a big patch I planted.
This year, I’m watching for them. And I WILL kill them all.
As you can see in the background, I’ve got a little 2-year-old helper who was fetching seed potatoes for me. Life is better with baby helpers.
These potato beds are in my former sugarcane patch. The yield of annual vegetables is much higher than the yield of sugarcane and my space is limited. Now I’m planting white potatoes – later in the season I’ll plant something else, then in the fall I’ll plant it yet again. You just can’t get that kind of productivity from sugar cane. Sugar cane also isn’t great for feeding the family… or reaching my goal of growing 2,000 lbs of food in 2015. (I’ve still got some cane growing in the food forest, so it’s not totally gone – I really like chewing fresh cane in the fall and so do the children.)
The soil is rich sandy loam and I’m very happy with it. If potatoes fail here, I might just quit.
Don’t they look pretty?
Hoping for the best.