This was the first year that I ever grew potatoes and after looking at a few books, and talking to people I decided to go ahead and give it a try. They looked pretty easy and everything went well. The tubers sprouted and grew into lush looking plants. Because I grew them in buckets, the woodchuck we have living here left them alone. I was told that when the tops die off it is time to dig them up.
Because I grew them in buckets, all I had to do is dump them out and pull out the potatoes. I had 3 very large 25 gallon buckets. And wow! What a bumper crop! I had to share the picture and let me apologize for the blurriness of it..
Wait for it.......
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I actually burst out laughing when I saw it!
Bumper crop? NOT! My whole garden started out looking really good but has gone the way of these potatoes.
To sum up...
1. Huge beautiful lettuce & cabbage plants wiped out by my woodchuck.
2. Huge, green leafy tomatoes - I pulled off the suckers &
unproductive leaves and ended up with blossom end rot. Every single plum
tomato so far is rotting on the vine. (4th year in a row).
3. Big Boy tomatoes so large that as they ripen they are splitting and starting to rot where they have split.
4. Peas - what a lot of space and work for very little production.
5. Green beans - Got 2 pickings off them until the above mentioned wood chuck wiped them out.
6. Peppers - took forever to blossom and now I have about 4 peppers on 12 plants.
7. Spaghetti squash - stupid me planted 2 hills of them and now literally have a number of giant-sized squash. However, the plants themselves are dying off because it's been so hot & dry.
8. Butternut squash - same as spaghetti squash.
9. Cucumbers - same as squash.
Apparently I don't have a green thumb. I did get a bumper crop though....