Sunday, April 11, 2010

Big Garden Bonuses

The advantage of having a large garden for me is being able to not just grow food for my family but be able to grow things for fun or interest too. I like to gather seed and plant catalogues and if a variety has an interesting name or looks a little different , I like to give it a try. Hence the many varieties of potatoes growing in my vegetable patch and the large collection of seeds in my seed box. I especially like heritage/ heirloom varieties. We are enjoying the Sapphire potatoes at the moment .

Kipfler, Pink Fir Apple, Banana, King Edward and Coliban.
The name of these pink skinned potatoes escapes me but they are my favourite variety. I purchased the seed potatoes originally from The Lost Seed in 2008 and I don't think they sold them last season.

They made the prettiest mashed potatoes. Very pink. When I lived on a suburban block, my potato growing was limited as it was difficult to rotate crops due to lack of space and other warm weather crops were grown in preference.

We have grown a modest crop of peanuts too. They are a fun plant to grow and don't take up too much room and would probably be ok in a large pot.They do need a warm summer though.


Vickie said...

I am still awed by them pink spuds..I enjoy reading what you are planting and your pictures are great.cheers Vickie

Gillybean said...

I just love seing the things other people are growing. I havn't seen those pink spuds available here. The purple ones you had in the previous post are a favorite of ours. To grow peanuts would be a TREAT but it's far too cold. Looks like you've had a pretty good growing season. Cool gourds too!!

Nelly said...

Hi Tracy,

Where did you get your peanuts for planting...or, did you plant raw, in-the-shell peanuts you bought for eating?

Tracy said...

Hi Nelly,
I bought my peanut seeds from New Gippsland specifically for growing. I have bought them from Digger's before but had no success with those. They pretty much came as raw in the shell nuts so they might work too.