Today, after harvesting this meager potato crop, I came to the conclusion that my family would starve to death if we were forced to rely on my garden as it is now. I know this is my first year intentionally gardening/producing food, but it is still quite the eye opener for me how little food I’m getting from my garden. But I have plans to improve so hopefully we won’t starve if it ever came down to it.
Growing more potatoes
This coming winter I will make potato towers to grow potatoes next summer. Using potato towers is a method of growing potatoes to get higher yields. I hope to build something like in this YouTube video. The idea is to keep adding soil to your potato plant as it grows. The tower contains the soil you keep adding. The plant will produce new roots/potatoes from the buried parts of the stem.
I’ve heard this method doesn’t work with all potato varieties. According to Veggie Gardener.com and Sinfonian’s Garden the best performing potatoes using this method are late season varieties like German Butterball, Butte, Yellow Fin, and Bintje. Veggie Gargener.com also has instructions for building a potato tower.
Expanding the garden to get more produce (so we wouldn’t starve)
In addition to building potato towers, I’m hoping to build a couple more garden beds.
I’m still hoping to make another raised bed next to the raised bed I already have. I already have plans in my head for the new bed. It will be (once I am able to convince my husband to let me take that space for gardening) a U-shaped bed with more than double the growing space than the bed I have.
I’m, also, working on plans to build a garden bed in the front yard for growing food. My front yard gets much more sunlight than my back yard. I’m hoping to have it multi-tiered with ornamental plants in front (closest to the street) shielding the edibles. My plan is to grow pretty edibles, like amaranth, there.
I’m also planning on expanding the berry patch. Adding more raspberries and blackberries.
For now, I’m just glad we aren’t reliant on my gardening efforts for our sustenance… and that there are grocery stores. Hope your gardens are producing more than mine.