I took the car out for a trip to the nursery today - stuffed the little thing full of goodies for the garden!
There is a bale of pea-straw, a roll of chicken wire, a large bag of sheep manure, and a big bag of potting mix, a tiny bag of potash - oh, and I found a heap of colourful buckets at the op-shop for a great deal. :)
After seeing Gardening Australia (Episode 27) the other night, I was quite inspired to use their idea for potatoes in a chicken-wire cage. Since we don't have enough time to make a new garden bed just for the potatoes this season, this might just prove to be a good solution!
So, I put together what I could:
The wire frames took quite a while to make! They didn't show that on the show!
The only thing missing is the taters themselves! I havn't yet ordered any seed potatoes, silly me!
Some interesting links about the Potato:
International Year of the Potato 2008! Lots of information about the glorious potato!
Royal horticultural Society Good advice with choosing and chitting seed potatoes.
Late Blight (PDF) Info from the Victoria Gov't about the most common potato disease.
Tonight I used one of the colourful tubs to plant the chives seeds Mum gave us. Looking forward to them coming-up - since chives are a big part of the flavour of our diet - they'll be very much used and appreciated. :)
Otherwise, all is well. The weather is warming up (touch wood), the sun is shining, and I've been using muscles I've not used in a very long time. ;) Needless to say, baths are quite relaxing, and I don't miss having a shower at all!