Glad to see you back @racinchickins!
I'd love to see some pics of how your Marans are growing out! Egg color?!
I'm truly getting extremely antsy for spring breeding and chicks! Got my taxes done last night and first thing will be breeding pens and a new incubator!!!!! Sounds like a plan!
The girls are doing great! Very big and fluffy. I'll get some pictures taken and posted. At least 2 of the 4 are currently laying. One egg is a dark chocolate brown, and the other is a slightly redder brown with speckles. It looks like a darker version of my welsummer eggs. The thing I can't get over is the size of the pullet eggs! They have almost all been either large or extra large on my egg scale. I'm seriously thinking of seeing if I can buy more hatching eggs from you later this spring!
Springtime planting question:
I'm going to try growing potatoes this year in one of the 4'x4' verticle towers. All the plans I've found online so far seem to be for "regular" brown potatoes. I plan to build one box for them and possibly a second.
My question: Would sweet potatoes and/or red (russett) potatoes grow in the same manner? Would they handle growing in one of these "build as they grow" type boxes?
I've never grown potatoes at all before so this will be a first.
The red or russet potatoes will grow the same way, they are just a different variety of potato. Sweet potatoes will not. Sweet potatoes are a different species from regular potatoes. You do plant them in hills, but then they vine out and you don't keep partially covering the vegetation like you would with a potato plant. The big thing with potatoes is getting the watering right. I'm not an expert, as I've never been that successful with growing them in a box or barrel (I tend to neglect them too much). I'd recommend definitely going out on the web to make sure you understand how they need to be watered