Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Containers soil recycling and potatoes planted

I had a very busy weekend of prepping all the containers for the season. I am very lucky because my parents are visiting and I had my mom to help me. I usually can only do 2 -3 pots a day because I just hate this part of gardening. I had pulled out all the vegetables that were left in the pot over the winter but I hadn't gone through to get rid of roots and break up the soil. There is nowhere to "throw" old soil out and my balcony is at full capacity. So I am amending with just a scoopful of cow manure, peat moss, vegetable fertilizer, bone meal, garden lime and azomite. I'm comfortable with almost everything except the garden lime. My mother was asking if I had "yodosekkai" - which of course I didn't know what it was but googled it and it came up as lime. I did have garden lime that I bought thinking I may grow some blueberries but had not used it.  I've been reading a little and it seems that gardeners in US (and UK) don't really use it unless their soil is very acidic. Now I'm thinking my soil may be too basic, and I am thinking of getting a pH meter to check. I did use a little peat moss so I'm hoping it equals out. But the cleaned pots look fantastic and I really appreciate my mom helping me. I definitely would not have finished without her.
Containers organized - soil recycled
My seed potatoes have really grown some big sprouts. Again I was lucky that my mother was around - she urged me that they were ready to be put into soil.
Two yukons and one purple potato
We (or I should say she) prepped two bags - tied off the ends so that it'll stay upright.
Added some soil...
then the potatoes...
some more soil and a grid to keep the rats/birds/squirrels away and now we wait to see what happens.
We also cleaned up my little corridor next to the house. My neighbor's family was visiting from out of town, and asked me the other day if I saw rats around here. I said, of course, and he said that he caught one in the corridor the some days back. I'm grateful he is combating the rats and not sure if he set up traps, but it is kind of a lost cause. This is Baltimore city...there are rats everywhere and there is no possible way to catch them all.
Cleaned up space - using every inch of my property to grow food

8 comments:

  1. I only add lime to containers growing tomatoes to help prevent BER.

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    1. That's good to hear. Thanks for letting me know.

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  2. I came across this post, and it made me think about you saying you were thinking about a pH meter. You can do it with vinegar and baking soda, allegedly.

    http://lifehacker.com/5994171/quickly-test-if-your-soil-is-acidic-or-alkaline-with-vinegar-and-baking-soda
    http://tipnut.com/soil-testing/

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    1. That's really cool! I got a pH meter that was about $10. But I'm curious to try this too.

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  3. It is more fun to have more people gardening together. Happy to hear your parents is there with you.

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    1. It has been really fun to have my parents there. They come about twice a year so it is a treat.

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  4. do sunchokes taste just like water chestnut and which one is better for you?

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    1. no, not really. They have the same crunch but not the same taste. I think that water chestnut might be a little bit sweeter and more starchy. I think I might prefer sunchoke a little bit better...but just by a little bit

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