Hi KitchenGardener, yukon gold is always my go-to potato variety. This year I tried "yukon gem" which is a new variety bred from yukon gold that is supposed to be more productive.KitchenGardener wrote:Bri: forgive me if you've already answered this, but what have you found to be your most productive (and satisfying) potato?
One more question: what have you found to be something super successful for you to grow that is cost effective to grow? By that I mean those vegetables that are relatively more expensive to buy and therefore worth it to grow? When I used my back garden (before the rats/possums/mice/raccoons/insert name of wildlife here discovered my back garden, I found that I saved the most by growing everything in quantity, but specifically romaine lettuce (to me, it tastes so much crunchier and better if home grown), leeks, corn, cauliflower, padron peppers, sweet red peppers, and snow peas. I'm sure its different everywhere. Have you thought about what it is for you?
Exactly how I feel about it.KitchenGardener wrote:I so appreciate your response, Bri! Its exactly how I feel. I like to think that I save all sorts of money growing my garden, but honestly, I'm not sure that thats a true statement. Given how much I spend on compost (to supplement my own), chicken manure, soil amendments and organic fertilizers at the beginning of every season, not to mention, seeds, plant starts, stakes, and string, and replacement gardening tools as my old ones wear out, I'm sure I don't save much, if any. BUT the pure joy I get from picking my produce and deciding what to make with it is beyond any feeling that might be derived from trotting down to the farmers market and buying the same produce. And the thrills when I see that a female flower has actually been fertilized and is becoming a pumpkin/tomato/pepper/eggplant , or when finally, on my third try, my onion seeds are actually germinating...you get the drift.
My climate is definitely not conducive to eggplants, melons, some peppers, and the gigantor tomato plants everyone else grows, as mine limp along due to the cool weather, but I do have practically an endless season for great broccoli, lettuce, beets, carrots. Finally, about this time, maybe a little later in September, we start getting some sunny hotter days, and its finally time for ratatouille, corn and tomato salad, and grilled zucchini, onions, peppers...
But even so, the thrill I get, every time I see a cucumber or some radishes ready to pick in my garden is better than a kid in a candy store!
Thank you! And yes, that's the goal, to keep as much going over the winter as possible. There isn't any growth between November and March, but if you can keep them dormant in the ground, they have a huge head start in March and produce really fast.rainbowgardener wrote:All your veggies are beautiful!!
It looks like if anything, your climate is just a tad warmer than mine in winter, though considerably cooler in summer. So you should be able to keep a lot of cool season plants going all winter. That's what I am working on.... I have all my garden beds replanted with seeds of cool season stuff.