Brewing, Cats, and Moving
Let’s be frank, shall we? Staples are intimidating to grow. Tomatoes to put on your salad are bold but friendly plants. Even a bit of
mescalin (ed: I mean ‘mesclun’ … oops) for that salad is just a *baby* plant – not scary at all. But to truly make my own BREAD!? I need to grow an entire plant to ripeness/death, harvest it, intensively process it just to get the usable *part*, and then process it again based on my intended use.
But in an attempt to ‘get off the grid’, does that really matter? Am I going to cling to my privilege and be scared away from a plant because it… seems hard to grow? Whine whine, I’m going to buy my flour from a company that buys ‘organic’ grain and ships it because the huge carbon footprint is more convenient, whine whine. (see a previous post about noodles) So we’re making an attempt to grow a staple carbohydrate: potatoes!
Our potatoes are in two sections of the garden. In one spot, near the onions, are some regularly planted late season varieties. The other spot is an EXPERIMENT! We built a POTATO BOX last month!
The concept of the box is pretty nifty (and simple). The potatoes grow *up* rather than *out* and then you harvest them by pulling out the boards on the side and feeling around for your potatoes. With this method, one should get quite a haul with a small investment in square feet.
We’ll see what actually happens. The below picture is of the four plants this weekend, with two potted marigolds nestled between them.