I know its not the right season to sow potatoes but this post aims to make you ready well before the season arrives! 🙂
Growing potatoes is pretty different from growing an eggplant or a tomato! So here’s how we do it!
Step 1: Select the potatoes with shoots!
Step 2: You can use the whole of a potato or just cut the portion of the potato with shoot and use it.
Step 3: Fill the soil(mixed with compost) in a bag. There are many Planting Bags or Grow Bags available. If you don’t wish to purchase one, use a gunny sack or a big cloth/plastic bag! There are many advantages of using a bag instead of a container to grow potatoes. The most important one being ease of harvesting. However if you’re not comfortable you can choose to grow your potatoes in a container. Just ensure that the container or pot is big enough.
Step 4: Plant the potato with shoots in the bag.
Step 5: Now just regularly water the plant and enjoy them growing
Step 6: Potatoes have very beautiful leaves and act as a great decor
Step 7: Have a look at the flowers!
Step 8: Potatoes take from 8 weeks to 14 weeks to grow. You can dig in slightly to find out how well they are growing!
Step 9: Harvest it! Just pick up the bag and empty it! Take out all your potatoes! Many people like small potatoes so they harvest them a bit early. For those of you who like big potatoes harvest them only when they have fully grown!
Note: For all my friends in India: Start around mid-November! You’ll know it instinctively as all the potatoes in basket will start developing shoots! 🙂
Over a period of time I have spoken a lot about organic composting and even experimented a lot with them. Here’s a quick recap to all the Composting Ideas!
Cow Dung & Cow Urine always stand at number one position when it comes to compost. To read more about application of manure click here.
Dry leaves are the second best option as they are carbon-rich! To know more about how to use dry leaves as manure click here.
Potassium and Phosphorous are the two vital minerals required for flowering and fruiting. Use all the fruit and vegetable peels from your kitchen. You can also add ash if you find it. To know more about plant requirements click here.
To keep them safe from pests keep them well nourished! A well nourished plant has a good resistance towards pests and rarely gets infected.
Another most crucial thing, to keep the plants safe from pest, is to grow them in right season. I’ll soon come up with an article on seasonal and Perennial Plants!
Mulching is the best way to keep the soil hydrated and prevent it from developing cracks and losing nutrients. To know more about mulching click here.
Now that we have done some Jugaadabout the pots and containers lets do the same for Gardening tools!
One often keeps worrying about how would he/she carry out all the gardening activities without the required tools which are pretty expensive! So here’s a list of things that you can pull out right from your kitchen and use them!! And as when you feel you’re thoroughly enjoying the process, you can go ahead, make some capital investment and buy some tools!!! 🙂
Below depicted are a series of images. To the left are all actual tools and to the right are the things with which you can substitute them! 🙂
The first tool that comes to our mind is a trowel!
The other options for trowel are
The same above utensil can be used as Digging Bar from the reverse side. Here’s a look!
The third on our list is a twine which can be substituted with any thread that you have at home
The next one is a pruning shear which can be replaced with a kitchen scissor!
Next comes Gardening Gloves! Though personally I love to put my bare hands into the soil and feel the mud; I know there are quite a number of people who do not like to do it and find it dirty! So till the time you get your Gardening gloves, here’s a Jugaad! Tie a plastic bag around your hand loosely such that you can move all your fingers, close your fist and open it!
A word of caution: Such a polythene Glove will only save you from dirt and not from the Prickles. Ouch!
That was my list of Gardening Tools! If there is still something you need and you do not have it, knock the neighbor’s door! 😉
Hi Friends! As you know, I am a Gardner and my life is all about my Plants. However I have decided to take it a step further. I am now studying Human-plant relationship! Please help me to get a better insight into this relationship by putting in your perspective.
Idea Number 5: Use some old buckets or paint buckets! I know this is the most common idea. But it is one of the best ideas as well.
Idea Number 4: Plastic Bottles: Don’t underestimate the power of a plastic bottle. It is one of the most important tools in gardening! You can cut open a plastic bottle as shown in the picture below and use it for growing anything ranging from Coriander to spinach to fenugreek and many more. The pictures would give you a better idea! I’ll soon be coming up with an entire article dedicated to the plastic bottles!
Idea Number 3: Use any container/tiffin box from your kitchen! Yes our kitchen has too many plastic containers that are either old or slightly cracked. Instead of disposing them use them as pots!
Idea Number 2: Use a cardboard box! Our house is loaded with cardboard cartons. Just give them a plastic coating from inside and use them. Yes I can hear you asking “Will it hold? Will stay in the long run?” The answer is “NO! It wont stay in the long run. But it will stay long enough for you to experiment and know whether you’re liking gardening! Once you know you’re good at it and you’re enjoying the process there is no harm in making some capital investment in form of pots and containers!!
I had this huge cardboard box so I just covered with plastic from inside and voila!! I had my raised bed ready! Free of cost. This box contained 9 eggplants. Just be careful about one thing when you’re using a cardboard box. Don’t relocate it. Just let it stay fixed in a place. Lifting it or moving it may cause damage to the box as it is just a cardboard!You can similarly use a shoe box!
When you place the lid under the box, it makes the box even stronger and if the height of the box is six inches you can plant any plant. If shorter than 6 inches, choose a smaller plant.
Idea Number 1: Use the existing Containers effectively! The following are the pots that contain rose plants. I used them to grow fenugreek and even Okra! You can experiment with more plants!!
Hello Friends! Welcome to a new DIY project! This time it’s Ok .. Ok.. Okra… (I know it was pathetic and nowhere close to La La Land) 😛
Let’s go for it! Okra is as simple as Egg Plant. You just have to sow the seed and water it regularly. I know as usual you’re going ‘I don’t think it’s that simple!’ Well then, you have to try it!
Step I: Here are the okra/bhindi/lady’s finger seeds. To sow them just spread them and press them slightly. Do not dig them inside the soil. Just pressing them little is fine. And even that is optional.
Step II: Water them regularly.
Step III: Do nothing. The seeds will germinate in 3-4 days.
You can see the first flower within a month!
Step IV: Enjoy your harvest! 🙂 You can have your first harvest by 45 days. Similar to egg plant and tomato the flower will make way for the fruit. Here’s a look at the developing stages of Okra
Note: One very good thing about the Okra plant is that it has very small roots. So you can plant many plants in one single pot. So any size of pot starting from 4 inches is great for growing okra!
A lot of videos that I have seen online recommend using seeds from our kitchen for planting, especially when it comes to vegetable seeds. But before you do this, just understand the two basic types of seeds.
Type I: Open Pollinated or Traditional method: “Open pollinated” generally refers to seeds that will “breed true.” When the plants of an open-pollinated variety self-pollinate, or are pollinated by another representative of the same variety, the resulting seeds will produce plants roughly identical to their parents.
Type II : Hybrid Seeds: Hybrid seed is a seed produced by cross-pollinated plants. Hybrids are chosen to improve the characteristics of the resulting plants, such as better yield, greater uniformity, improved color, disease resistance, etc. An important factor is the heterosis or combining ability of the parent plants. But the most important point to note is that the seeds of the next generation from those hybrids will not consistently have the desired characteristics.
Hence I request you to take into consideration the fact that most of the vegetables that we purchase today belong to the Hybrid category. Using seeds from such vegetables may or may not result in production of the vegetables of the desired characteristics. It is best to buy seeds from a trusted source/Brand. However if you’re experimenting, I think using seeds from kitchen is a great way to learn without spending much 🙂
Note: Please do not confuse hybrid seeds with genetically modified seeds. Genetically modified seeds are absolutely different category of seeds. Hybrid seeds are good and do not have any harmful qualities.
Disclaimer: None of the images in this post belong to Reema’s Garden!