Originally Posted by SunnyDawn
All I have is Flock Raiser bags but not enough for all these potatoes!!! I think I'm gonna have potatoes coming out my ears!
I wouldn't mind a few! I have a lot more potatoes to put in and as long as I poke lots of holes in the bottom for drainage they work quite well. I'll wait til Missy gets what she wants though.
Go for it, Sunny. I still have the Flock Raiser bags from the feed I bought on Wednesday, and some horse feed bags from manure a friend gave me, if I decide to use those. And I just might. They don't have the loose weave that I want, but yesterday I went to Lowe's and saw some "bargain potato grow bags" that were made of a tighter weave. And all the watering will probably make that outer layer of plastic peel off anyway. And in the super hot summer, I might just be thankful for the tighter weave. This whole "potatoes in recycled bags" idea is so new anyway. It worked so well in the buckets, and those have no breathability except the top and the bottom.
So far, we have at least 100 feet of ground planted with potatoes, 12 reusable bags, enough potatoes for a round of 7 more bags, and I gave seed potatoes to two sisters and two friends to try to spread the insanity. My husband asked why I ordered so many. It was such a good deal! 2.5lbs of certified seed potatoes, in varieties you can't get in reno, for less than $6, plus shipping????? And when I ordered, I actually trimmed 4 varieties off the order to stop myself from going crazy, and just got 6. In reality, I didn't know exactly what 2.5 equated to as far as production, but let's just say I'll have potatoes to barter. Since we don't have a root cellar, I'm going to get some of those under-the-bed Rubbermaid organizers, poke air holes in them, and put them under everyone's beds to store. Maybe a crate or two in the closets.
They say, in good soil with good cultivation, a pound of seed will produce up to 10 pounds of potatoes. Well, I ordered 14 pounds from Maine Potato Lady.
And also... after ordering these from MPL, I stumbled across a site from a farm in Fremont, Idaho, which is a town that played my hometown football team in high school. His were more expensive... $9 per half pound with free shipping... and I ordered 3 more new varieties. A month later they didn't arrive and customer service wasn't responding to my emails, so I thought I'd been robbed and was about to forget about these. I had more than enough potatoes already. But I got a call two days ago and the guy said he didn't know what had gone wrong in the shipping department, but he still had my address on file in my order, so when he got back to the farm he'd ship some off. So they should be here Monday or Tuesday. If they aren't sprouted yet, that's super awesome, because then I can do another round of bags, with a late harvest to offset all the others.
So in 3 months or so, if anyone needs organic potatoes and wants to do some bartering, let me know.
Here is the first round of potatoes, planted about a month ago, in one feedbag and one reusable grocery bag. These are from a couple of viking purple pieces I got from Sunny. As they grow, I'll just unroll the bag and add dirt, until the dirt is up to the top.
And the latest pic of my hatch from Candy. These are just some of them. I'm still determining, but my pullet estimate is:
2/3 buff x wheaten. The one with his head sticking out from under the ladder is the cockerel. They're all really sweet-natured.
1/5 lavender (maybe 2, one is still a little iffy). They're all still a little flighty, but not aggressive.
1/2 black split (Punk isn't developing like a rooster, but if he's a pullet, I can't keep him. He'll be too aggressive. The other pullet is a sweetie, though.)
1/2 BLRW... MAYBE. One comb is developing slower, but the other is definitely a roo.
0/1 blue wheaten. Poor Blue.
Edited by americanvalkyrie - 5/12/12 at 8:36am