New garden boxes, potato tower disappointment and regroup, and lots of new videos with “black beard”

Hey hey! Brian here with another update for PnBHomesteading. This weekend was pretty busy with the harvesting of the potato towers (which was a little disappointing, but more on that below) and building some new garden boxes to extend use of our backyard hillside for food production. So without further delay lets get into the details of what we got accomplished:

  • Potato tower harvest…or what Paula and I are calling “gathering the scraps”
  • New layered garden boxes
  • Time for peach harvest (maybe a week later than they should’ve been taken)
  • Video: Raised garden box update
  • Video: Large grow tent update
  • Video: New mid-size grow tent update
  • Video: Plant propagation bed update
  • Video: Tomatoes in a bag update week 12
  • Video: Tomatoes gone wild

Potato tower harvest…or what Paula and I are calling “gathering the scraps”
After returning from last weeks trip to the Mother Earth News Fair event we saw the potato towers were looking ready for harvest. So this weekend we dug in to find our potato gold! We’ll just like panning for gold you might come up with nothing but a sore back…so it was in our case with the Russian fingerling potatoes. After digging down into the first 3 layers of the tower we only found about 2 lbs of little tiny fingerlings (which will be good for some breakfast taters), but not what we were expecting. I don’t want to lay all the blame on the variant of potato; Paula and I believe it was a combination of our 6’ish hours of sun, maybe not loamy enough soil, and the variant we chose. We’ve had pretty good luck with Yukon Gold potatoes, but not so good with these Russian fingerlings. Next year Paula wants to try digging down into the clay and mixing in a bunch of sand to mix with the compost to create a really loamy area in the towers so we can try that and see if we strike gold (using Yukon Gold tubers).

The one thing to remember in gardening if you hit failure…learn from your mistakes and try again next year. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a video of the final update of 2017 for the potato towers:

New layered garden boxes
With the failure of our potato towers I wanted to re-purpose the cedar boxes for the tower into some new growing space, so I created a new layered set of 6 boxes that reside on the backyard hillside. These new boxes were stair stepped to give them a level look along with layers to give each successive one a little elevation and better sun exposure profile. Here’s a picture of the finished look:

New layered stair-step garden boxes on urban homestead

New layered stair-step garden boxes on urban homestead

Time for peach harvest (later than they should’ve been taken)
There is a perfect time to harvest peaches…and we’ll with last weekend’s adventure to the Mother Earth News Fair we missed it. ๐Ÿ™‚ The peaches when we checked them this weekend were starting to get a little soft. Paula is going to use the softest of these in our morning smoothies and the rest are heading into the dehydrator. If you’ve never had a farm fresh peach after dehydrating you’re missing out on one of the best tastes on earth! Here’s a picture of our one tree’s bounty (our other two trees with fruit this year are still green and should be ready in another month):

First real harvest from our 4 year old New Haven peach tree

First real harvest from our 4 year old New Haven peach tree

Video: Raised garden box update

Video: Large grow tent update

Video: New mid-size grow tent update

Video: Plant propagation bed update

Video: Tomatoes in a bag update week 12

Video: Tomatoes gone wild

Backyard homestead photos:

Right side of backyard homestead

Right side of backyard homestead

Center photo of backyard homestead

Center photo of backyard homestead

Peach tree and middle photo of backyard homestead

Peach tree and middle photo of backyard homestead

Stone patio and firepit in backyard homestead

Stone patio and firepit in backyard homestead

Stone patio and and lower deck on the urban homestead

Stone patio and and lower deck on the urban homestead

We’ll, its that time again to say goodbye to our fellow gardening buddies! Paula and I both hope you get a chance to catch a few rays of sunshine this week in your gardens and do some grazing of your crops…we’ll be doing the same. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week everyone!

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