Follow-ups

There are a couple of loose ends from prior posts that need tying up.  First of all, I promised a reader to post of photo of the mystery watermelon, the “pollinator” that was provided with the non-germinating “Twilight” seedless watermelons, so here it is.  It actually was a fairly Melon mystery half good melon, a bit over 4 lbs and not excessively seedy with a striped exterior and there were several of them.  I’m not totally unhappy but seedless would have been nice.  Secondly, a final report on the French Fingerling potatoes. Pot FF with coin I had such high hopes for them, as they were reportedly very good candidates for growing in pots.  Five pounds of “seed” potatoes were purchased ($14.95) and planted in twenty-two 4 gallon pots (2 good eyes per pot.)  They grew beautifully, in fact possibly too well because the tops were 3′ tall!  I accept the blame for this for in my eagerness to have them do well, the soil mixture was probably too rich, causing lots of leaf production but few potatoes.  The total return, of very, very small (most were marble-sized!!!) was only 7 pounds!!! However, they had a very good flavor and I think I’ll give them one more go next spring, but use no composted cow manure in the pots at all.  I did really like growing potatoes in pots rather than digging, and it makes my crop rotation easier (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers cannot follow one another since they are cousins.)  And if I’d been digging, I’d probably have missed the majority of those marble-sized ones.

I’m also wondering if our excessive heat early on in the season, and having the potatoes above ground in black pots might have contributed to the problem.  They grew well, grew tall, and promptly grew yellow, then brown and done.  Although, in pondering the situation, then the pots facing south  should have been the first to go, and they weren’t…..so, still pondering the changes for next year’s planting.  Any suggestions?

 

 

About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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5 Responses to Follow-ups

  1. bcparkison says:

    My uncle used to grow potatoes by placing the seed potatoe on broken ground and then covering with a thick mulch of live oak leaves. Then you just grab,pull and go fix supper.

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  2. Hubby’s “potatoes in a pot” experiment sounds much like yours: tall plants with few potatoes. I want to try the chicken-wire towers next year, as I felt the taters needed more vertical than he provided. We love to experiment, too!

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