Fall Planting & Harvesting Potatoes: The Small, The Medium & The Mushy

The summer gardening season is coming to an end and we finally had the opportunity to plant some cool crops and harvest our potatoes.Before harvesting our potatoes I have grabbed potatoes here and there to eat for dinner and to share with family and friends.

One of the raised beds we harvest from had a nice amount of potatoes and we also planted potatoes in a couple of large planters and a wheel barrel. From those planters we didn’t receive a large harvest, but it was enough for a couple of meals and after weighing it, they weighed in at over 7lbs.

7 pound potato harvest
There was a new raised bed that my husband created this year and that potato bed we totally slacked on harvesting from it too. The bed of potatoes wasn’t hidden, but I forgot it was there.In that bed there were a few mushy potatoes.We learned exactly what happens when you wait too late to harvest from our potatoes.You can watch the video below to check out our treasures.

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Gardening: Strawberry Shopping Cart

 

One of these days we’ll have enough strawberries to make at least one smoothie.  The past few years of growing one strawberry plant, we’ve come to realize that we need to grow more than one plant.  Took us long enough to realize it, right?   This year we have at least five plants growing in this thrifted shopping cart and this is only a drop in the bucket of what we need in order to reap a plentiful harvest.

Strawberry Shopping cart

 

We started off by transplanting our original strawberry plant to the shopping cart and we added a few more strawberry plants along with it.

Strawberry Shopping cart 2

Personally I think strawberry plants are a bit expensive.  Starting at nearly $4 per plant and in order to have a bunch of fruit you’ll need a minimum of 10 plants or more.  So, what I’ve decided to do…  plant my runners in other portions of the shopping cart so they can take root.  Otherwise,  they’ll just trail down the cart with nothing to attach to.  The little fella in this picture has taken root.

 

Strawberry Shopping Cart 3

Strawberry Shopping Cart 4

 

Like I said… one of these days we’ll have enough strawberries to make at least one smoothie.

Strawberry Shopping Cart 5

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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It’s a new gardening season

We had the most beautiful weather this past weekend and the week has been gorgeous too. While I was away visiting grandma’s house Sunday, hubby was putting in the work in the garden.

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Couple weeks ago we mapped out our gardening plans and made preparations.  Planted some seeds indoors in a small greenhouse we purchased to help give us a headstart.

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Got our tomatoes planted and hubby color coded the support cages to distinguish the different varieties. This year we “ONLY” planted 8 tomato plants.  Unlike last year we went overboard and planted 12.

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The seedlings we planted are in the ground and we also have all the hoops up and some of the plastic that covers the hoops.  For those days and nights the temp drops we cover the beds up to keep them safe.  Living in the Chicagoland area we’re  known for experiencing 4 seasons within 15 minutes.  

Have you began your gardening season yet and is the weather  cooperating in your area?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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