It’s a fact – I need more planting space in order to meet my 2017 Gardening Goals.
With that being said I got inspired this week to do something with our unsightly old outdoor fireplace. About 15 years ago an apple tree fell on it during a storm and crushed most of the left side. I would have taken the whole thing out but the right side of it has an electrical outlet on it and I didn’t want to mess with having to remove the power line and to tell you the truth it comes in handy when I need to plug in power tools and Christmas lights.
Without a lot of funds and a need for more planting space I decided to gather all of the old bricks that were scattered around the yard and turn them into a potato planting bed.
Potatoes need a deep planting bed. As they grow they need to be continuously buried in order for them to form lots of underground potatoes.
After a couple of hours of work and lots of back filling of a combination of soil and sawdust it was ready to plant. I even planted a few flowers at the base of it. The only cost was the seed potatoes. Everything else I had.
This is a pretty good sized space. I am excited to see how the potatoes do in their new home. As the seedlings start to sprout I will add a few more layers of bricks and more soil until they reach the top of the bed.
I don’t plan on mortaring in the bricks. Right now it is a semi-permanent bed and I plan on keeping it that way.
2017 Gardening Goals: Plant Potatoes– Check!
I’ll keep you updated on this project. Let me know what you think! -MM