I woke up at the crack of 10am on Easter morning and it was beautiful. Almost 70 degrees and sunny -- the nicest day we've had in ages. A short time later the Easter guests we were supposed to have called to say they wouldn't make it. I didn't have to clean the house and I could garden! Out I went and quickly found the first tulip to bloom this year:
But I had one thing on my mind, planting the potatoes. The problem was, I had more seed potatoes than I had containers in which to grow them. But I had an inkling of an idea. The last time I was behind the shed I noticed the two metal trash cans we used to compost in (now using only the red spin composter). They've got holes drilled in them already, they're sturdy, and big enough for potatoes. The only issue was where to put them? I moved the wooden container that used to be at the end of the veggie garden over to a stump closer to the shed. It will hold carrots and radishes shortly:
And I managed to cram the two trash cans in its place. The one on the right has Blue Adirondack potatoes and the one on the left has Yukon Gold potatoes (isn't the lovage looking good?):
More on those Yukon Gold potatoes in the silver trash can. A few months ago we didn't get around to using up the end of a bag of potatoes before they sprouted. I said, "Why don't we keep them and plant them in the garden this year?" And so we did. They grew quite a bit hanging in the dark in the kitchen closet:
Yukon Gold potatoes went into the big black trash cans I showed you the other day (proper seed potatoes). Then I planted two red potatoes in the large blue container to the right below. And fingerling potatoes in the wood box and the two large containers to its left. The two smaller containers on the immediate right and left of the wood box have nasturtium seeds around the rim and Swiss chard seeds in the center:
And then our one guest arrived and I had to stop gardening, take a shower, put on a dress and sit down to Easter dinner -- not exactly a hardship, I know. The day of gardening wasn't planned, but it was oh so welcome!