It’s been three days since I last put my fingers to my keyboard and came up with a tale about my garden. The gardening competition finished on Sunday and my last blog (number 112) was posted on their site. The winners will be announced on the 4th July – wish me luck!
I must say it has been nice not to have to blog every day and I relaxed properly on Monday without thinking about the garden. I don’t think I even went out there. On Tuesday – thoughts entered my head. Not just any thoughts – Gardening thoughts! I tried to brush them away – I don’t need to do this anymore, but they kept coming back. It was an awful day to garden – it was raining heavily and was freezing – doing anything garden related would be madness.
Then last night I had a dream that not only formulated a project (where I could stay dry) it also included most of the words and photos to write about it. I guess now the only way to get it out of my head is to do it! So what did I dream?
The other day we got to the bottom of the bag of potatoes we harvested in the summer. All that is left is a bowl of tiny little tiddlers – that I guess we could roast and eat like popcorn next time we watch a movie!
Before we got completely to the dust and dirt at the bottom of the bag I grabbed 3 spuds that had started to sprout – I don’t know why – force of habit really… they might get used at some point? Now this is where my dream comes in, I must plant those three spuds.
The problem is doing it in the ground is out of the question. The last lot was supposed to be harvested on the 18th July. I know you’re not supposed to grow them in the winter – but the seed potatoes were cheap in an end of season “reduced to clear bin” – I had to buy them. They started off well as the summer didn’t seem to want to end, but then the rains came – and haven’t stopped and my spuds rotted away.
So in my dream I put them in rolled down black sacks with holes poked in the bottom for drainage. We should have a few hanging about because the council changed our rubbish collection from pre-paid stickers with black sacks to these pre-paid yellow bags that are a third the size – Grr. But Hubby the Un-Gardener informs me we have no black sacks left. I need to improvise. What about the feed bags the firewood came in – that’ll do! (Mental note to self: order another load of firewood)
So all I have to do is assemble the lot and keep them in the greenhouse for 140 days (until November 14) – topping up as they grow. Simple!
So now I have pink Desiree maincrop potatoes to add to my Winter Indoor Summer Garden Experiment – alongside the tomatoes, pepper, chilli and eggplant.
Come again soon – winter is just getting started – I wonder what other crazy projects I can do.
Sarah the Gardener : o )