Outdoor Potatoes and Onions 2015

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I kinda liked the onions last year, especially because the pansy planted in the onion pot looked great all summer. Maybe that's the onion. Maybe it's the potassium-heavy root-vegetable fertilizer. Let's do it again!

The 2 month onion starts I grew from seed look utterly pathetic. So I also picked up some onion bulbs at a big box store, some of them already sprouted and looking 10x tougher than my seedlings. Planted both. The green onions from last year are waking up and resuming life in their saddle planters.

Planted one potato bag, with 5 sprouted Red Norland. Used a little Gurney's potato fertilizer, though it says to add that after the plants emerge.

April 11: Planted 2nd potato growbag with 5 more sprouted Red Norland. No fertilizer in this bag - will wait til they emerge as per instructions. The seed potato bag said "plant with onions" so added 4 more onion bulbs to the bag. Also put 5 onions under the front stoop.

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Yay!  Those potatoes are so

Yay!  Those potatoes are so pretty! And onions too! I wonder if I could interplant onions with my potatoes... Hmmm...

 

 

 

 

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Beth, I think you were right.

Beth, I think you were right. They were just ready to harvest. Not a big harvest, but I haven't gotten big harvests out of those bags.

Left the other bag for another week or three. For the first bag, we buried 2 little potatoes back in to see if they sprout for a second harvest. It might work.

Also pulled up 2 more onions to eat. smiley Those particular two were from onion starts, not seed. Getting wildly different results on the various onions, but most have some kind of rot near the top. A couple I just threw out, basically.

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Beth - that's good to hear.

Beth - that's good to hear. Red Norland are early potatoes... I thought they bloomed last time I grew them. But then again, I think I left them in the ground too long last time, then some of the new potatoes sprouted and grew while the first crop rotted... Yeah, they could just be very early.

I don't think I've seen potato beetles. Flea-something are definitely a possibility.

And yeah,  they did get dry... Will try to be better about that.

Despite heat spells, it hasn't really settled into summer here yet. More like cool spring with heat spells. I did plant the potatoes pretty early.

Thanks!

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Hi Ginger,
Hi Ginger, Not all potatoes bloom. Some of mine do, some don't. My Yukon gold are early potatoes. I'll be harvesting one bed in early July. Are yours early, mid or late? We've got Colorado potato beetles bad down here. I can't imagine you'd miss them if they were on your plants. Ive noticed the fingerling potatoes are flea beetle magnets. Lots of holes and slow growing plants. Anyway, read that they like lots of water. Didn't know that. Potatoes were excellent in last year's cool, wet summer. Beth

 

 

 

 

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Didn't take a picture, but

Didn't take a picture, but the other onion next to that one that fell over, has its top dying. Will yank it soon.

The potatoes look unwell. They haven't bloomed yet, and have spots on the leaves. Were much tortured by leaf hoppers. And now some foliage is dying. I wasn't expecting to harvest these until August. Hm.

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Harvested an onion that fell

Harvested an onion that fell over - seems like part of its base rotted and it sort of came apart. Very sharp flavored, but cooked alright. One of the green onions bloomed.

Pathetic as they seemed when I transplanted them out, the onions I started from seed seem to be doing best, with clear bulbs growing.

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Another level of potato

Another level of potato burying. I may stop at that - despite the hype, I've never seen multiple levels of potatoes in those growbags, and adding soil is a drag. The onions look great. One of the green onions in my railing planters has a flower bud - I wanna see what the flowers look like.

The pansies grown with onions look much bigger than the pansies grown with potato nutes. It really seems to be the onions somehow, not just the root crop fertilizer. Dunno why.
 

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Gave potato pots their first

Gave potato pots their first level of burying, with a mix of town leaf compost and humus/manure, with potato fertilizer. Still growing like mad. Onions looking good, too. May yank some young to eat as green onions.

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Potatoes now only 3 and 4

Potatoes now only 3 and 4 weeks old and wow. Onions looking pretty good too, though my seed-started onions still look more delicate than the bulb-started ones. Of course, they're probably not the same variety, but they're all yellow onions. Realized yesterday that planting onions with potatoes wouldn't work because I'd bury them... d'oh. So moved those... The railing planter green onions are coming back too, not quite as early as the chives. Lots of onions this year.

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Most potatoes and onions now

Most potatoes and onions now up - even in the potato bag I planted just a week ago. In fact, there's not much difference between the bags planted 1 week or 2 weeks ago, so I think it just got warm enough this week.

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